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Since the used command set often differs between printers, a model for supporting different printers is implemented. This feature is called capabilities.

The capabilities-feature allows this library to know which features are supported. If no further information is specified, python-escpos will try to automatically use features based on the supplied information.

In order to use the capabilities-database, the printer instance simply has to be created with the parameter profile set to the relevant identifier. The identifier can be found in Available Profiles.

This documentation describes the profiles in the database file that is bundled with this release. If another configuration is to be used, this chapter can be followed for information on how to side-load another capabilities-database: Advanced Usage: change capabilities-profile.