How to Activate AirPrint on Mac OS X 10.6.5

Today Apple released the updated version of Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard with new features. You can read the official changelog for 10.6.5 after the break.

However this final release has also eliminated the AirPrint feature with Shared Printers. Here is the step by step guide to enable/activate the AirPrint on Mac OS X10.6.5, after that we can use iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running on iOS 4.2 to take a print with shared printers using the AirPrint feature.

First of all here is the official OS X 10.6.5 changelog:

The 10.6.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

– improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
– address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
– address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
– resolve a delay between print jobs
– address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
– resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
– address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
– resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
– improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
– resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
– improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
– resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

AirPrint Activation on Mac OS X 10.6.5:

Step 1: Download Mac OS X to latest version and update your system.

Step 2: Download the AirPrint Activation Package containing three files and unzip it. (download link at the bottom of this post)

Step 3: Copy the urftopdf file to


Step 4: Copy the files in mime folder to


Step 5: Delete your existing printer if you installed any.

Step 6: Reboot the system.

Step 7: Re-add the printers and enable the printer sharing funtion.

Step 8: Now if you have updated your iDevice to iOS 4.2 GM release, you can print any document or picture by giving a print command


Disclaimer: Use this guide at your own risk. This site will not be responsible for any type of damage or data loss.

New: There are also rumors coming out that Apple might drop the AirPrint function in the final iOS 4.2 release.

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By A. Usman

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9 Replies

  1. Cubanmiami05says:

    Hello .

    I did everything as post it here and I get the Option to select the Printer, but when I click on PRINT(IPHONE 4) it said connection to printer and it doesn’t print anything ?? :(( Any help

  2. Adigold1says:

    cant fine /usr/share/cups/mime/apple.types

  3. Guestsays:

    Very nice, works like a charm :)

  4. mikesays:

    Is this assuming your printer is usb connected? My printer is connected to my airport through ethernet.

  5. Anonymoussays:

    link is dead

    …nix this, it was temporarily down (airprint fix file)

    1. Which link?? All links are working by the way.

  6. Xmetalsays:

    Two words. AWE. SOME.

    Works great. To avoid command line stuff, you can use the Finder ‘Go to Folder” command to get to those locations. You’ll authenticate when copying in. I followed the instructions, replaced the files, and the system automatically added in my Samsung laser with no issues at all. Printing from iPad worked flawlessly. THANKS!

  7. Fountainjimsays:

    Works perfectly!

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