Wrapper for Brother networked label printing commands.
Brother networked label printers library for Python
This was developed for the QL-580N but I’ve heard it also works for the following:
The easiest way to install this package is with pip.
pip install brotherprint
This library supports two printing modes. ESC/P commands, and templates. I highly recommend using templates, because it is easier to manage, and offers more features. I will, however, go over both. You should review the official Brother documentation [here (ESCP Docs)](http://www.mediafire.com/?3wbanr34bsr18dw) and [here (Template Command Docs)](http://www.mediafire.com/?v798mue7i58ed66), to know what is available.
## Setup Regardless of which mode you are using, you need to intialize and connect a socket object, and pass the resulting socket object to the BrotherLabel object instantiator.
from brotherprint import BrotherPrint f_socket = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM) f_socket.connect((<ip_address>,<port (9100 by default for QL580N)>)) printjob = BrotherPrint(f_socket)
### ESC/P Printing Invoke escp commands through certain BrotherLabel object methods (see actual file for method descriptions) Make sure to end with the print page command, signifying the end of a label.
printjob.command_mode() printjob.initialize() printjob.bold(‘on’) printjob.send(<text>) printjob.print_page(<cut_setting>)
### Template Printing Create your template and upload it to the printer. After creating a BrotherLabel object, call template_mode() to set the printer to template mode, and then use the template commands to fill in your label.
printjob.template_mode() printjob.template_init() printjob.choose_template(<template_number>) printjob.select_and_insert(<field_name>, <data>) printjob.select_and_insert(<field_name2>, <data2>) printjob.select_and_insert(<field_name3>, <data3>) printjob.template_print()
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