Setting up your Star mC-Print2 and mC-Print3 (USB)


The Star mC-Print3 receipt printer connects directly to your computer or iPad with a USB cable.

What you need

To set up your printer you need: 

Star mC-Print2 or mC-Print3 

Power cable Product_2022_7029_Star_MC-Print3_PowerCord.jpg
USB cable (for desktops) Product_2022_7030_Star_MC-Print3_USB_Cord.jpg
Lightning to USB cable (for iPads) Lightning-cable.jpeg

Paper roll




Mac iPad

Setting up the Star mC-Print for Mac (USB)

  1. Connect the Star mC-Print to a power source using the provided power cable.
  2. Using the provided USB cable, connect the Star mC-Print to your Mac.USB-Power-cord.jpg
  3. Turn the printer on.

Download the required Star CUPS driver

  1. Download the latest Star CUPS driver. This is specialized software that allows the printer to run correctly on your computer. To download this, go to the Star Micronics website and click CUPS Driver for macOS.
  2. Double-click the downloaded file to extract it and navigate to the Driver folder.
  3. Double-click the Star_CUPS_Driver-4.8.0.pkg file to open the installation window.
  4. Follow the setup steps and at the end and click Restart to finish.
  5. Once your Mac restarts, you'll be ready to print.

Connecting the cash drawer (optional)

Once you've got the printer all set up, you can connect a cash drawer.

The cash drawer connects to your receipt printer and is triggered to open when you finish a cash or cheque sale. The printer prints the receipt.

To set up the Cash Drawer:

1. Plug the RJ12 connector cable from the cash drawer into the receipt printer.

2. Go to http://localhost:631 /printers/

3. Once in CUPS, select your printer model (Star mC-Print2 or Star mC-Print3) from the list.

4. Select from the drop-down menu Set Default Options.

5. From here, select Cash Drawer Control and choose Open Drawer 1 and 2 under Cash Drawer.

6. Click the Set Default Options button to complete.

Your cash drawer should now be all set to go! You can test it by printing a receipt from the Sales history screen. Read the section below for steps on how to do this.

Perform a test print

Now that your Star mC-Print is installed, you can start using it to print your receipts in Retail POS.

To perform a test print, follow the steps below:

1. Navigate to Sell > Sales history.


2. Click a sale to expand it.


3. Click Print receipt.


4. Select the receipt template you’d like to use.


This will take you to the print preview screen. If the Star mC-Print is not your default printer, click Change and select the printer from the list.

Once that's been changed you should be able to print out a receipt.


If the install window doesn't open automatically after double-clicking the Star_CUPS_Driver-4.8.0.pkg file, navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and click Open anyway at the bottom of the page.

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