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We’ve all been there. You start your day with a nice cup of coffee and start clicking through the emails. Suddenly your boss shows up and says “Our biggest customer asked for feature X. Make it happen.”  Normally a quick Google search will get you started, but this time he also drops a stumper on you.He puts a box on your desk. Maybe it’s old looking or just newly shipped. You tentatively peek inside to see a strange device. He tells you it’s a printer.  It doesn’t look like any printer you’ve seen. You’ve been told you need to make your app print an inventory label or a receipt with it. Now what? Where do you even start?


Zebra has just published a new guide just for those of you who have never worked with a Zebra printer before. It guides you through step by step initial set up of your printer and making sure it can communicate the way you want it, through creating your first printing app. We hope you find it useful.


P.S. The first step is not- plug the printer into the computer.


Robin West

Solution Architect

Zebra Technologies ISV


This Application Note outlines the basics for printing to and developing apps for Zebra printers. It details the process of setting up and beginning to use a Zebra printer.


This document includes the following sections:

1.  Setting Up Your Zebra Printer

2.  Connecting Your Printer

3.  Testing the Connection

4.  Configuring Your Printer

5.  Designing Your Label

6.  Using Development Tools to Create Your Printer App

7.  Testing Your Printer App


Also for common terms, refer to the Appendix – Common Terms.


Target Audience

This document is for developers with little to no experience using Zebra printers or who need to develop an app to print barcode labels, receipts, RFID tags, or other tracking labels.


Technical Requirements

The information in this Application Note assumes you have technical competence with core programming concepts and rationales.


Note:   It is recommended that you use a PC, because Zebra does not support all of the resources required to set up and use Zebra printers on Macs.


To review the entire process, refer to the Getting Started with Zebra Printers and Apps Application Note document.

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