Available in PaperCut NG and PaperCut MF.

Multiple personal accounts

Users in PaperCut NG/MF have a personal balance used to fund their personal printing. This balance can be treated as a bank account used for printing. When the account is out of credit the user can no longer print until more funds are added to the account. By default, users have a single account to store their balance, but this can be too restrictive in some situations. For example, it's often useful to have separate accounts for "free" print quotas and cash payments.

The multiple personal accountsA personal account is the individual user's account that is charged by default. Each user has their own personal account. feature is an advanced feature that has been carefully architected with the assistance and feedback from leading Universities and Colleges from around the globe.

When multiple personal accounts are enabled, a user has multiple accounts with credit available for printing. Each account is a separate pool of credit that adheres to the following rules:

  • Credit is deducted from the available funds in the order configured by the administrator.

  • If the designated account does not have enough credit, the next account in sequence is used until all of the credit is used.

  • If a print job costs more than the total credit in all accounts, the job is disallowed.

From the perspective of the end user little changes when multiple accounts are enabled:


Although the concept of multiple personal accounts is quite simple, the management can be complex depending on implementation. Readers are advised to read this section in full and conduct some planning before full deployment. Good print management in large organizations is hard enough, and multiple accounts if not implemented right could make it just that little bit harder!