FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Configure and use PC-FAX (CUPS) (Linux)

Reduce paper consumption and save time by using Brother's PC-FAX software to send faxes directly from your machine.


1. Install the PC-FAX driver

Debian-based distributions:

dpkg -i brmfcfaxdrv-2.0.0-1.i386.deb


Other distributions:

rpm -ihv brmfcfaxdrv-2.0.0-1.i386.rpm


If your machine is not detected, add it manually. For more information, see your Linux distribution's documentation.


2. Configure PC-FAX

2.1 Using the Configure Printer window

Make sure the PC-FAX driver is installed and do the following:

  1. Open the CUPS configuration window.
  2. Click BRFAX.
  3. Click Configure Printer.


2.2 Using the brpcfax command


brpcfax -o fax-number=0566-55-12345 -o PaperType=A4 sample.pdf
brpcfax -o fax-number=0566-55-12345 -o Quality=Standard sample.pdf


(Where 0566-55-12345 is the recipient's fax number and sample.pdf is the content of your fax)


Available settings and options:

Setting Option Description
Paper A4 PaperType=A4 PaperType=A4
Letter PaperType=Letter
Legal Legal PaperType=Legal
Quality Standard Standard Resolution 200 x 100 dpi
Fine Resolution 200 x 200 dpi Resolution 200 x 200 dpi



3. Send a fax using PC-FAX


3.1 Send a fax from the command line
  • To send a fax to one number
    Use the following fax-broadcast command:

    brpcfax -o fax-number=0566-55-12345 sample.pdf

    (Where 0566-55-12345 is the recipient's fax number and sample.pdf is the content of your fax.)
  • To send a fax to multiple numbers (Broadcast)
    1. Create a fax number list file 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

    2. Use the following fax-broadcast command:

      brpcfax -o fax-broadcast=/home/send/fax-group1.txt sample.pdf

      (Where /home/send/fax-group1.txt is the location and name of your fax number list file, and is the content of your fax.)


3.2 Send a fax from LibreOffice

This feature is only available in LibreOffice 6.0.3 or later.


  1. Select Print from the File menu.
  2. Select BRFAX in the Printer window.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Select the Device tab.
  5. Enter a fax number in Fax Number, and then click OK.
  6. Click OK.

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