Zerone Zerone - 1 year ago 130
C# Question

How to get the Computer Name and IP to which a Printer is Connected in LAN

In a LAN normally printers are shared, and we can add these shared computers in the LAN to our machine through Windows "Add Remote Printer". I want to get the list of added printer like this, and there online status and printer settings through C#. The list of added printers could be obtained by


through this code I can get the list of added printers to a combobox. The problem is how can I get the online status of each printer, and there other possible settings through the c# code. Please help.

Answer Source

As an alternative to WMI, you can use the Print Spooler API to gather detailed information about the printers. Most of the P/Invoke signatures for the API are available on

Open a handle to a printer:

Gather printer information:


Quickly smashed together an example of what you can gather from the PrintSpoolerApi as per request.


Create new console project and replace all code in Program.cs with this (.NET 3.5 and above, due to type inference), the printer details of each printer available on the machine (local or networked) will be printed to the console. The status value is what you are interested in. The status code for "Ready" is 0, mess around by disabling printers and disabling your network connection to networked printers to see the status change.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Text;

namespace PrintSpoolerAPIExample
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var printers = System.Drawing.Printing.PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters as IEnumerable;

            foreach (string printer in printers)
                var printerInfo = PrintSpoolerApi.GetPrinterProperty(printer);
                StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("ServerName:{0}", printerInfo.ServerName));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("PrinterName:{0}", printerInfo.PrinterName));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("ShareName:{0}", printerInfo.ShareName));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("PortName:{0}", printerInfo.PortName));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("DriverName:{0}", printerInfo.DriverName));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Comment:{0}", printerInfo.Comment));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Location:{0}", printerInfo.Location));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("DevMode:{0}", printerInfo.DevMode));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("SepFile:{0}", printerInfo.SepFile));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("PrintProcessor:{0}", printerInfo.PrintProcessor));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Datatype:{0}", printerInfo.Datatype));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Parameters:{0}", printerInfo.Parameters));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Attributes:{0}", printerInfo.Attributes));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Priority:{0}", printerInfo.Priority));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("DefaultPriority:{0}", printerInfo.DefaultPriority));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("StartTime:{0}", printerInfo.StartTime));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("UntilTime:{0}", printerInfo.UntilTime));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Status:{0}", printerInfo.Status));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("Jobs:{0}", printerInfo.Jobs));
                sb.AppendLine(string.Format("AveragePpm:{0}", printerInfo.AveragePpm));


    class PrintSpoolerApi
        [DllImport("winspool.drv", SetLastError = true, CharSet = CharSet.Auto)]
        public static extern bool OpenPrinter(
            string printerName,
            out IntPtr printerHandle,
            PrinterDefaults printerDefaults);

        [DllImport("winspool.drv", SetLastError = true, CharSet = CharSet.Auto)]
        public static extern bool GetPrinter(
            IntPtr printerHandle,
            int level,
            IntPtr printerData,
            int bufferSize,
            ref int printerDataSize);

        [DllImport("winspool.drv", SetLastError = true, CharSet = CharSet.Auto)]
        public static extern bool ClosePrinter(
            IntPtr printerHandle);

        public struct PrinterDefaults
            public IntPtr pDatatype;
            public IntPtr pDevMode;
            public int DesiredAccess;

        public enum PrinterProperty

        public struct PrinterInfo2
            public string ServerName;
            public string PrinterName;
            public string ShareName;
            public string PortName;
            public string DriverName;
            public string Comment;
            public string Location;
            public IntPtr DevMode;
            public string SepFile;
            public string PrintProcessor;
            public string Datatype;
            public string Parameters;
            public IntPtr SecurityDescriptor;
            public uint Attributes;
            public uint Priority;
            public uint DefaultPriority;
            public uint StartTime;
            public uint UntilTime;
            public uint Status;
            public uint Jobs;
            public uint AveragePpm;

        public static PrinterInfo2 GetPrinterProperty(string printerUncName)
            var printerInfo2 = new PrinterInfo2();

            var pHandle = new IntPtr();
            var defaults = new PrinterDefaults();
                //Open a handle to the printer
                bool ok = OpenPrinter(printerUncName, out pHandle, defaults);

                if (!ok)
                    //OpenPrinter failed, get the last known error and thrown it
                    throw new Win32Exception(Marshal.GetLastWin32Error());

                //Here we determine the size of the data we to be returned
                //Passing in 0 for the size will force the function to return the size of the data requested
                int actualDataSize = 0;
                GetPrinter(pHandle, 2, IntPtr.Zero, 0, ref actualDataSize);

                int err = Marshal.GetLastWin32Error();

                if (err == 122)
                    if (actualDataSize > 0)
                        //Allocate memory to the size of the data requested
                        IntPtr printerData = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(actualDataSize);
                        //Retrieve the actual information this time
                        GetPrinter(pHandle, 2, printerData, actualDataSize, ref actualDataSize);

                        //Marshal to our structure
                        printerInfo2 = (PrinterInfo2)Marshal.PtrToStructure(printerData, typeof(PrinterInfo2));
                        //We've made the conversion, now free up that memory
                    throw new Win32Exception(err);

                return printerInfo2;
                //Always close the handle to the printer

You can retrieve even more details from the API, if required.

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