How to Use Octopi to Help your 3D Printing in 2021

3D makers usually have more than one 3D printers, Octopi is a great opensource project for managing your 3D printers. Let’s show you how to set it up in 2021 with the latest Raspberry Pi 4. Credit to: MakeWithTech

For Raspberry Pi 3B or earlier users, please check our tutorial on 2021.

How to Set Octopi to Remote 3D Printing

Part 1, Raspberry Pi Imager (Set up the Firmware)

We can now download, flash and config the firmware in one software now.

Step1, Download Raspberry Pi Imager on Raspberry Pi official website:

Just choose the version you need and install.

Step 2, Open the software, click “Choose OS”, then “Other Specific Purpose OS”.

Step 3, Choose “Octopi”, then any one in the two systems.

Step 4. Press “Control+Shift+X”on Windows or  “Command+Shift+X” on Mac to enter Shift

Click "Deny" for Mac Users

Step6, Enable SSH and set a password

Step7, Configure wifi. Set wifi country correctly, this will affect some settings, based on local laws.

Step 8, Set local settings. Set correctly, this will affect some settings, based on local laws.

Step9, Choose the storage. Please double check it, in case you flash the system storage accidentally.


Step10, click “WRITE” to start

 Input Password to continue for Mac Users

The flashing finished.

Step 11 put the SD card into the Raspberry Pi and turn it on. Put parts you need on the PI, for example, a webcam.


Part 2 Octoprint Configuration

Step12, put http://octopi.local/ into the browser to start

Step13, follow the guide to set up octopi.


Step14, Create an account

Step15, Set the data tracking per your need

Step16, Enable Online Connectivity Check

Step 17, Enable Plugin Blacklist Processing

Step18, Setup the Printer Profile. End the configuration and click "Finish" when all is done. 

Step 20. Connect your 3D Printer

Part 3 Printing from Octoprint

You are all set on Octoprint now. It will help you manager your printer better in many ways.

You can drag files directly into your octopi.

Or you can print files directly from Octopi.

For Cura users, you can also install Octopi as Cura plugin and enable “Print with Octoprint” option. You can install a lot of plugins on your octopi and expend its functions.

For example, OctoEverywhere helps you manage your 3D printer anywhere in the world.


Bed Visualizer will visual your bed leveling and gives you advise to calibrate

Octolapse will help you create time-lapse videos easily and well if you have a camera.


To know what you need to prepare, please check our tutorial in 2020:

Leave comments down below if you have any questions. We will release further contents on Octoprint with Anet 3D printers soon.



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