Make this my favourite Retro-Printer Module (capture and convert centronics port data)

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Retro-Printer Module

This is the Retro-Printer Module from RWAP Software.


The Retro-Printer module is a direct replacement for an old dot-matrix or inkjet printer.  The Retro-Printer connects to a standard centronics cable and captures plain text, Epson ESC/P2 and HP PCL printer data sent to the centronics port by a wide range of industrial equipment and vintage computers.

The captured data can be stored electronically, or used to connect a modern USB or network printer with these retro computers and vintage machines.

Our custom software runs on a Raspberry Pi (not supplied) which converts the captured data as required.  The Retro-Printer Module connects as a HAT to the GPIO port on the Raspberry Pi.  You can then connect modern printers to the Raspberry Pi for further printing, or access the captured data by connecting to the Raspberry Pi over ethernet or WiFi for further processing, or simple e-document storage.

Various configuration options currently allow you to:

  • Simply spool captured data to a file on the SD card or a USB memory stick (for example, this is ideal for logging systems)
  • Strip ESC/P and ESC/P2 codes (including graphics) from the captured data to extract the plain text
  • Create a PDF version of the original printer output (HP PCL, plain text, ESC/P and ESC/P2 printers) to create an electronic version of printed output
  • Print the PDF to a modern printer connected via USB or network*
  • Write your own software to control the three LEDs (currently used to show power, busy and online status).

* For printing the PDF you need a printer which is recognised by Linux CUPS.

The software is supplied as one of several 8GB or 16GB SD card image downloads for use with the Single Board Computers, with all that you need.  We also offer a pre-programmed 16GB SanDisk micro-SD card with SD card convertor for an extra charge if you prefer.  The latest version of the software (for various single board computes) and the latest manual can be accessed here.

More details appear on the Retro-Printer Module website. We would also recommend that you join in the discussions on the Retro-Printer Forums.

What You Need

  1. A Single Board Computer - ideally a Raspberry Pi quad core version (Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+), as these will fit in the case we have designed and offer separately.  You can (however) also use an Orange Pi PC, a Banana Pi M2 or an Odroid C1 (or Odroid C1+), plus power supply.
  2. A centronics cable - the Retro-Printer connects via an industry standard centronics connector.

Optional Extras

To add one or more optional extras, use Buy Now on each item but DO NOT pay.  Instead go to Items I've Won and request an invoice so we can combine shipping on these and any other bits you might want at the same time.

We welcome feedback and ideas for improvement of the software; and can work with customers to provide new conversion filters as required, dependent on your application and demand.

NOTE: Pictures currently show the released version of the Retro-Printer Module, in situ attached to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (not included) and inside the Retro-Printer Case (available separately)

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Item Location:
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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Buyer pays shipping expenses
Shipment fee:
  • To United Kingdom :
  • Special Delivery : £8.50 For initial item, £4.00 Per additional item
  • To EU :
  • Intl Signed For : £12.50 For initial item, £5.50 Per additional item
  • To Rest of Europe :
  • Intl Signed For : £12.50 For initial item, £5.50 Per additional item
  • To Americas :
  • Intl Signed For : £14.50 For initial item, £7.00 Per additional item
  • To Rest of World :
  • Intl Signed For : £16.50 For initial item, £8.00 Per additional item
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Items normally posted within 1 working day after payment received.

We are happy to combine items in order to reduce overall shipping costs where practical.
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