FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Send a fax using PC-FAX with LPD/LPRng (Linux)

We recommend using CUPS to send a fax using PC-FAX. If your distribution does not support CUPS, you can use either the LPD or LPRng system.

> Click here to see how to configure PC-FAX (CUPS) (Linux).



1. Add BRFAX information to the printcap file

Edit the /etc/printcap file as follows:


USB-connected machines



Network-connected machines

        :rm=[your machine's IP address]:\


2. Configure the PC-FAX sending feature

Edit the configuration file: /opt/brother/fax/brmfcfax/inf/brFAXrc


Available settings and parameters:

Setting Parameter Parameter Description
Paper A4 (default) A4 size
LTR Letter size
LGL Legal size
Quality FINE (default) 200 x 200 dpi
STD 200 x 100 dpi
fax_number The destination fax number.
(Use only numeric characters and the dash symbol "-" .)

The fax number list file.

(You can use only alphanumeric characters)



Example 1

To send a fax using PC-FAX with the following settings:

  • Paper: Letter
  • Quality: Fine
  • Fax destination number: 052-824-12345

Edit the /opt/brother/fax/brmfcfax/inf/brFAXrc file as follows:



Example 2

To send a fax using PC-FAX to multiple numbers, create a fax number list.

> Click here for more information about creating a fax number list.


  1. Give the "read" and "execute" permissions to both this fax number list and its directory to all users.
  2. Specify the absolute path to the fax number list after "fax_number_list=".
    • Do not use a relative path or the tilde "~"
    • Do not add any parameters after the fax number.
(the path of fax number list)



How to create a fax number list

Create a fax number list according to the following rules:

  • Add one fax destination number per line.
  • Do not add more than 50 fax destination numbers per list.
  • Use the hyphen "-" to separate number groups (for example: 0566-55-12345)
  • Do not use the tilde or two-byte characters.
  • Make sure the line length is within 500 bytes.
  • Lines starting with "#" are interpreted as comments.


  # Tennis circle members

  # Koizumi(Reader)

  # Suzuki

  # Other members
  03-3333-12345   #Sato
  03-3444-12345   #Tanaka
  03-3555-12345   #Yamada



3. Start the PC-FAX sending.

Run the PC-FAX sending process using the following command:


lpr -P BRFAX sample.pdf


(Where sample.pdf is the content of your fax.)

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