Note: After December 31, 2020, Google Cloud Print will no longer be supported. Learn more about your migration options.
There are two main ways to print from Chromebooks and Chrome devices:
Native printing (CUPS)
As an IT administrator, you can use your Google Admin console to set up Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS). CUPS uses an Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to support printing to local and network printers. When you add a printer, it automatically appears in your users’ list of Chrome printers, so they can start printing without any further setup. You can specify printers that users in specific organizational units can use. See Manage local and network printers.
In addition to native printing, you can use the printing services provided by a printing partner. Follow the links below for examples of printing partners.
Google Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print (GCP) is a service that allows you to print from any web-connected device. Google Cloud Print routes print jobs between your computer, smartphone, or tablet and sends it to an Internet-connected, cloud-ready printer. The service also allows users to easily discover printers and print from their own device without the need for complex setup and driver installation. See Set up Google Cloud Print.
Based on the printing requirements of some organizations, you may need to use the Cloud Print Connector or use Google Cloud Print on a Windows Server. If you're running into issues with your printers not working with Google Cloud Print, see this certificate announcement.