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Linux / UNIX Print Large Banner on Printer

How do I print large banner on printer under Linux / UNIX / BSD operating systems?

You can use banner command which, prints a large, high quality banner on the standard output. If the message is omitted, it prompts for and reads one line of its standard input. The output should be printed on paper of the appropriate width, with no breaks between the pages.

To print “Welcome”, enter:
$ banner "Welcome"
$ banner -w80 "Welcome"


  • -w80: Change the output from a width of 132 to width 80, suitable for a narrow terminal.
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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Sam May 15, 2009, 1:46 am

    The below banner command works on MP-RAS UNIX only and I wonder what is the equivalent command on SLES9/SLES?

    banner “Welcome”


    • Manikandan January 20, 2014, 11:01 am

      This syntax was not working,Error Message shown like a Command not found

  • Frank Cox November 19, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Any idea how to print a multipage pdf ot jpeg to make a banner?

  • prashanth November 17, 2014, 9:24 am

    banner “Welcome”

    this command is not working in the putty server

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