Set copies number for print job

This is an example on how to set copies number for print jobs in your Java Desktop Application.

In order to do that, one should follow these steps:

  • Open a new pdf file to print using BufferedInputStream(new FileInputStream("myfile.pdf")).
  • Create a PDF doc flavor using DocFlavor.INPUT_STREAM.PDF that returns aDocFlavor object.
  • Use PrintServiceLookup.lookupDefaultPrintService() to locate the default print service for this environment.
  • Use createPrintJob() to create and return a DocPrintJob capable of handling data from any of the supported document flavors.
  • Create a class that extends PrintJobAdapter.
  • and override printJobCompleted. Then register a listener to the print job to get notified when the job is complete using.
  • Set up the PrintRequestAttributeSet using HashPrintRequestAttributeSet.
  • Use add.Copies(numCopies)) to set the number of copies you want to print

Let’s see the code:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;


import javax.print.Doc;
import javax.print.DocFlavor;
import javax.print.DocPrintJob;
import javax.print.PrintService;
import javax.print.PrintServiceLookup;
import javax.print.SimpleDoc;
import javax.print.attribute.HashPrintRequestAttributeSet;
import javax.print.attribute.PrintRequestAttributeSet;
import javax.print.attribute.standard.Copies;
import javax.print.event.PrintJobAdapter;
import javax.print.event.PrintJobEvent;

public class SetCopiesNumberForPrintJob {

	private static boolean jobRunning = true;

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

		// Open the image file

  InputStream is = new BufferedInputStream(new FileInputStream("myfile.pdf"));

  // create a PDF doc flavor

  DocFlavor flavor = DocFlavor.INPUT_STREAM.PDF;

  // Locate the default print service for this environment.

  PrintService service = PrintServiceLookup.lookupDefaultPrintService();

  // Create and return a PrintJob capable of handling data from

  // any of the supported document flavors.

  DocPrintJob printJob = service.createPrintJob();

  // register a listener to get notified when the job is complete

  printJob.addPrintJobListener(new JobCompleteMonitor());

  // Construct a SimpleDoc with the specified 

  // print data, doc flavor and doc attribute set.

  Doc doc = new SimpleDoc(is, flavor, null);

  int numCopies = 5;

  // set up the attributes

  PrintRequestAttributeSet attributes = new HashPrintRequestAttributeSet();

  attributes.add(new Copies(numCopies));

  // Print a document with the specified job attributes.

  printJob.print(doc, attributes);

  while (jobRunning) {



  System.out.println("Exiting app");



	private static class JobCompleteMonitor extends PrintJobAdapter {
		public void printJobCompleted(PrintJobEvent jobEvent) {
			System.out.println("Job completed");
			jobRunning = false;


This was an example on how to set copies number for print job.

Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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