How to Set Up Octoprint on the Ender 3

Octoprint is a powerful 3D printing tool that allows you to remotely control your 3D printer, monitor prints, and even slice models. It is an excellent addition to any 3D printing setup, and it is easy to install and configure with the Ender 3 printer.

In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to set up Octoprint on the Ender 3.

1. Download Octoprint Image

The first step is to download the Octoprint image. You can download it from the official Octoprint website. Once you have downloaded the image, insert your SD card into your computer, and use a program like Etcher to write the image to the card.

2. Install and Configure Octoprint

After writing the image to the SD card, insert it to the Ender 3 printer. Power on the printer, and it will boot directly into Octoprint. You can access Octoprint by opening a web browser and typing the IP address of your printer. It will take a few minutes for the Ender 3 to connect to Octoprint.

Once connected, you can start configuring Octoprint. You can set up your printer profile, add plugins, and adjust settings. You can also set up remote access to Octoprint using a VPN or a remote access service like TeamViewer.

3. Connect Your Printer

With Octoprint configured, you can now connect your printer to Octoprint. Make sure the printer is powered on and connected to your computer. In the Octoprint interface, click the “Connect” button, and it will establish a connection between your printer and Octoprint.

4. Start Printing

With your printer connected to Octoprint, you can begin printing. Octoprint gives you full control over your printer, enabling you to start and stop prints, monitor progress, and adjust settings on the fly. You can also slice models directly within Octoprint, eliminating the need for a separate slicer tool.

5. Use Plugins

Octoprint is highly configurable, and one of its key features is the ability to add plugins. There are many plugins available that you can use to enhance your 3D printing experience. You can browse and install plugins right from the Octoprint interface. Some popular plugins include the Octolapse time-lapse plugin, the PSU Control plugin, and the Astroprint Cloud plugin.


Setting up Octoprint on your Ender 3 printer is an excellent way to get more out of your 3D printing experience. With Octoprint, you can remotely control your printer, monitor print progress, and even slice models. It is easy to install and configure, and with the addition of plugins, you can further enhance your printing experience.

Hopefully, this guide has provided you with everything you need to get started with Octoprint on your Ender 3 printer.

Tyler Woodward

Tyler Woodward

Hi, I'm Tyler! I'm a passionate writer and believer in the potential of 3D printing technology. With my background in engineering and design, I bring an exciting mix of creativity and technical expertise to my writing. In addition, I pride myself on staying up to date with the latest trends in the industry.

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