Getting Started with PittPrint Stations, Touchless Printing, and Pharos



PittPrint Overview

PittPrint enables students to send print jobs from any location to PittPrint Stations (Pharos) located in/outside all Student Computing Labs, campus residence halls, and other locations across the Pittsburgh campus. Both black & white and color print jobs can be submitted from:

  • Personal computers
  • Computers in the Student Computing Labs
  • Smartphones and tablets

After sending a print job to PittPrint, students can pick up documents by using Touchless Printing, swiping their University ID card or entering their University username and password at any PittPrint Station.

NOTE: In the case of print errors, please look at the following:

Uploaded Image (Thumbnail)




Pitt Print: Frequently Asked Questions
Pitt Print: Troubleshooting


Print Quota and Printing Costs

Currently registered students and faculty receive $63 per semester for printing. Students must be taking a Credit awarding course. Graduate students working on their Dissertation, for example, will not receive Print Quota. This printing quota may be used toward single or double-side printing, and black & white or color printing. Printing on black & white printers is $0.07 a sheet. Printing on color printers is $0.49 a sheet in color or $0.21 a sheet in black & White. This is equivalent to 900 sheets printed on black & white printers or about 128 sheets printed in color.

Please note: there may be differences between the estimated cost of a job in My Print Center (more information on this below) and the actual cost at the Print Station. For example, a color job will show up as $0.49 per sheet on My Print Center but will be charged $0.21 per sheet if printed in black & white on a color printer. The cost listed for a job at the Print Station is the accurate cost.

Print Quota: Frequently Asked Questions


My Print Center

My Print Center ( allows users to view current printing funds balance, view all jobs sent to the PittPrint queue that have not been released, view printing transaction history, and upload print jobs.

My Print Center: Frequently Asked Questions


Touchless Printing

Touchless Printing is simple and fast: simply walk up to a printer and use the Pharos Print app (iOS and Android) to scan the QR Code next to the printer’s touch screen. You can manage your print jobs in your queue and confirm or change job details right from your mobile device—without ever touching the printer!

The QR Code scanner can be found in the upper right corner of the mobile app. If you don’t have the Pharos Print app installed, you can scan the QR Code from your camera app. This will launch My Print Center via a web browser. After logging in, you can release all of the jobs in your queue. Please note that it is not possible to select individual jobs or adjust print settings when releasing print jobs using this method.

Touchless Printing: Frequently Asked Questions


MobilePrint: Pharos Print App

The Pharos Print app provides a Pitt Print solution for iOS and Android devices. Both versions allow users to upload print jobs, view jobs in the print queue, change print options on those jobs, and view the print quota for the account.

Installing and Using the Pharos Print App


Printing from Personal Computers

Print from your Windows or macOS computer by installing the Pitt Print Client. The Pitt Print Client gives you all of the same printing options as if you were printing to a personal printer. This is the preferred way to send print jobs.

Using Your Personal Computer with Pitt Print
Installing the Pitt Print Client


MobilePrint: Printing from Email

MobilePrint is an extension of the Pitt Print service that makes it simple to print from devices that do not support the Pitt Print Client such as smartphones, tablets, and Linux computers. Simply send an email message with the file that you want to print attached or enter the information that you want to print in the body of the email message.

Using MobilePrint
MobilePrint: Frequently Asked Questions


MobilePrint: Pharos Chrome Print Extension - Printing from Chrome Browsers and Chrome OS

NOTE: Google Cloud Printing will be retired by Google at the end of 2020. A new method for Chrome printing has been implemented on the Pitt Print system: Pharos Chrome Print Extension.

Pharos Chrome Print Extension allows Chrome OS users a native method of printing without having to send an email or upload files to My Print Center. Jobs printed through Pharos Chrome Print Extension will be accessible in the same way as any other Pitt Print job.  

Using Pharos Chrome Print Extension
Pharos Chrome Print Extension Printing: Frequently Asked Questions


Printing in the Student Computing Labs and Pitt IT Virtual Labs

Both color and black & white printers are available in most Student Computing Labs. By default, print jobs sent from a lab computer are sent to black & white Pitt Print stations.

Note: The Bellefield Hall Lab does not have color printing.

Using the Student Computing Labs to Print


Printing from Unix

The lpr command prints files on Unix. Use the -Pqueuename option to select a printer.

Example: lpr -Ppittprint sample.file

This is the default output: Single-sided output, one page worth of text per side, portrait format. Output is queued to the Pitt Print Stations.

Note: The Unix operating system is case sensitive. Type all commands in lower-case letters unless noted otherwise.


Pitt Print Station Locations

The map linked below lists all the Pitt Print Station locations. For a list of currently open stations, please consult the three accordions below.
See locations in Google Maps

Complete List of Print Station Locations — B&W Printing
Complete List of Print Station Locations — B&W Multifunction Printers
Complete List of Print Station Locations — Color Printers
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