PaperCut MF System Requirements

PaperCut MF is a cross-platform print monitoring application that runs on all major operating systems. The system has been designed to support all platforms for both the client and the server components and to scale from small businesses with 5 users all the way to the largest education sites with 500,000 users or more.



  • Suitable for networks from 5 to 500,000+ users.
  • Browser based admin interface - simple for small sites yet powerful for large sites.


  • Suitable for single server environments to multi-server, multi-site and clustered environments.
  • Capable of monitoring locally attached or workgroup printers.
  • Powerful yet optional user client software (not required for print monitoring).
  • International: Available in 20+ languages and currency formats world wide.


  • True enterprise-wide licensing: unlimited printers, servers and workstations.
  • Licenses are based on monitored user numbers.

Open Systems

  • Open and documented API, scripting interface, and database schema.
  • XML Web Services API with helpful source code examples.
  • Report data in CSV/Excel, PDF and HTML.


  • Almost all major laser, inkjet, label and wide-format printers/MFDs/plotters.
  • Supported print languages: PCL, PCL6, HPGL, PostScript, PCL-GUI, XPS, Ricoh RPCS, Epson ESC, QPDL, various GDI printers and many languages that don't even have names!

User Directory Services

  • Active Directory (native integration including nested groups and OUs)
  • Apple OpenDirectory
  • eDirectory
  • LDAP
  • OpenLDAP
  • NIS, PAM, Samba, and others

Database Servers

  • Self managing internal database: suitable for up to 5,000 users*
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2008R2/2012/2014/2016 or later (either 32 or 64 bit)
  • Microsoft SQL Express 2008/2012/2014/2016 or later (free from Microsoft)
  • PostgreSQL 7.1 to 9.6
  • MySQL 5.5 or higher
  • Oracle 11.2 or higher

It's highly recommended to move to an external database when you reach 500,000 records or more (e.g. over 500,000 print logs - seen on the About Tab under the 'Database Size Statistics' section) in the database.

Clustering Environments

  • Microsoft Failover Cluster Manager
  • Microsoft Cluster Server
  • Veritas Cluster Server
  • Linux HA
  • Novell Cluster Services

Security & Encryption

  • SSL encryption used for sensitive client-server communications.
  • Option to install a signed SSL certificate.

Application Server Requirements

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (32 and 64-bit)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Linux (any modern 64 bit distribution)
  • Novell Open Enterprise Server 2015
  • Windows Server 2016 / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2008 / 2008 R2, Windows 10*, Windows 8*, Windows 7*, Windows Vista*
    (core, server, advanced server, enterprise edition, 64-bit edition, workstation*, professional* versions all supported)
    Microsoft Clustering Services supported at all application layers
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
  • Novell Open Enterprise Server 2015
  • Most modern Linux 64-bit distributions including Red Hat 6.0+, Novell SUSE 11.0+, Debian 6.0+, and others (requires GNU glibc 2.11 or higher)

See our End of Life Policy for more information about OS versions that are no longer supported.


  • 768MB minimum supported (2GB or higher recommended)
    Most modern print servers should have a base of 4GB of memory. Note that PaperCut will only use 1/4 of the available memory by default, so plan to have 4GB of memory minimum to allow PaperCut to use up to 1GB, or by Increasing the memory available to PaperCut.

Hard Disk

  • 3GB, plus additional storage for logs and print history. When using Print Archiving (off by default) then a minimum of 100GB of free disk space is recommended.
    Most modern print servers should have a base of 60GB to 500GB of storage available.

Client / Workstation Requirements

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Vista
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
  • Most modern Linux distributions (requires Java 8.0 or later)
  • Other systems supporting Java 8.0 or later


  • Most modern client workstations are configured with 2GB to 4GB of memory, PaperCut requires a minimal 256MB.

Hard Disk

  • 0MB - zero-install deployment (recommended)
  • 100MB - full local installation
    Most modern client workstations have 60GB to 250GB of storage available.

Web Browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and above
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox 25 and above
  • Apple Safari 9 and above
  • Google Chrome 27 and above

Optional Print Release Station Requirements

Operating System

  • Windows 2012 / 2012 R2 / Windows 2008 / Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7 / Vista
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10 or higher
  • Most modern Linux distributions


  • 256MB or greater

Hard Disk

  • 0MB - zero-install deployment (recommended)
  • 70MB - full local installation
* The "desktop" class systems such as Windows 7, 8 and 10 only allow 10 simultaneous connections (see Microsoft article). This means that these systems should only be used as a "server" to host print queues on networks with 10 workstations or less.
† SELinux should be disabled prior to installing.

Organizations of all shapes and sizes rely on PaperCut

  • Coveris
  • The University of Melbourne
  • PSL Group
  • UK Wealth Management
  • Wall Templeton
  • "By implementing scripts for color saving and assigning print jobs to central accounts we reached £50k in savings in just thirteen months! Papercut just keeps getting better with every release."

  • "With well designed interfaces and an excellent support service, we have implemented PaperCut University-wide and have been tracking student printing and saving on costs since 2008."

  • "We were looking for a cost-effective product that would cut our printing and consumables costs... and here it is! PaperCut does a great job and the easy installation and configurations makes it even more attractive."

  • "We need to make intelligent decisions about our print management as well implement a solution for accurate recharging and to raise awareness of the financial and environmental cost of printing. PaperCut ticked every box and then some and slotted perfectly into our network environment."

  • "PaperCut is a huge time-saver - with easy access straight from the desktop, it maintains all of our print management accounting for us and provides excellent print security."