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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins in 2019

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by Hironori Kondo
Jun 28, 2019

OctoPrint is a powerful and versatile 3D printing tool, but there's always room for improvement. Check out these 8 must-have OctoPrint plugins to take your 3D printing to the next level.

8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins OctoPrint Enhanced

The OctoPrint interface
We can make it better... stronger... Source: howchoo / YouTube

OctoPrint is a very popular network-based 3D printer management tool that typically runs on a Raspberry Pi computer. It allows you to start and monitor 3D prints wirelessly using an online user interface.

OctoPrint plugins take this incredibly useful tool to the next level by providing custom features and tools that make your 3D printing experience even smoother. Installable from within the OctoPrint interface, they are an easy way to add substantial functionality. Simply click on the spanner icon on the OctoPrint navigation bar (NavBar), and you’ll find the ‘Plugin Manager’ among the list of settings.

Without further ado, let’s get into our top eight picks for the OctoPrint plugins that you should have right now!

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins Simple Emergency Stop

A physical emergency stop button.
A physical emergency stop button. Source: KVT

Let’s start with something… simple. (Sorry, we had to.) Simple Emergency Stop is a plugin developed by Sebastien Clement that adds an emergency stop button to the NavBar on your OctoPrint interface.

Why do you need it? If your print goes awry, smash the button to stop printing immediately.

Ease of Use: Easy

Developed by: Sebastien Clement

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins NavBar Temp

NavBar Temp adds temperature information to the NavBar.
NavBar Temp adds temperature information to the NavBar. Source: Teaching Tech / Youtube

To add further functionality to your NavBar, try the NavBar Temp plugin. NavBar Temp is developed by Jarek Szczepanski and adds basic 3D printer temperature information directly to your NavBar.

Why do you need it? All of your 3D printer’s temperature information will be available at a glance, so you can keep a tab on everything that’s going on.

Ease of Use: Easy

Developed by: Jarek Szczepanski

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins Floating NavBar

The Floating NavBar in use.
The Floating NavBar in use. Source: jneilliii / OctoPrint

With so much functionality added to your NavBar, you probably want to have quick access to it. Floating NavBar is developed by jneilliii and locks the NavBar onto the top of your OctoPrint page, regardless of where you scroll.

Why do you need it? Your NavBar will always be right there for you when you need it, whether to check temperatures or smash the emergency stop button.

Ease of Use: Easy

Developed by: jneilliii

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins Display ETA

Display ETA shows the estimated time left for your 3D prints.
Display ETA shows the estimated time left for your 3D prints. Source: Pablo Ventura / OctoPrint

Ever wondered when your print’s going to finish? Display ETA by Pablo Ventura saves you the time and hassle of keeping track of slicer print time estimates, clearly listing the expected time left on the print you’re running.

Why do you need it? You’ll know exactly when to check back for a finished part!

Ease of Use: Easy

Developed by: Pablo Ventura

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins Heater Timeout

The Heater Timeout settings page.
The Heater Timeout settings page. Source: Teaching Tech / Youtube

What if you accidentally leave your 3D printer’s hotend on? Heater Timeout by Uriah Welcome has got you covered. This Octoprint plugin will automatically shut off your hotend if it is left on and idle for a too long.

Why do you need it? You’ll be hard pressed to find ‘fire-starting’ on the feature list of most printers. Better safe than sorry.

Ease of Use: Medium

Developed by: Uriah Welcome

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins GCode Editor

The GCode editing interface.
The GCode editing interface. Source: Teaching Tech / Youtube

Let’s say you want to edit a print’s GCode after you’ve sent it to Octoprint. Save yourself the hassle of re-slicing your model by installing the GCode Editor plugin by ieatacid. This will allow you to modify GCode directly in the Octoprint interface.

Why do you need it? For the moments when you need to make a quick fix. 

Ease of Use: Medium

Developed by: ieatacid

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins OctoLapse

The OctoLapse interface.
The OctoLapse interface. Source: Brad Hochgesang / OctoPrint

For videographers and those who like to document their prints, OctoLapse is an absolute must-have. OctoLapse by Brad Hochgesang creates stable, smooth timelapses of your 3D prints, making the models appear as if they are growing out of thin air. It’s sure to turn a few heads.

Why do you need it? It creates trippy, high-quality timelapses to record your prints.

Ease of Use: Difficult

Developed by: Brad Hochgesang

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8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins OctoPrint Anywhere

Accessing OctoPrint remotely from an iPad through OctoPrint Anywhere.
Accessing OctoPrint remotely from an iPad through OctoPrint Anywhere. Source: Kenneth Jiang / OctoPrint

OctoPrint allows you to manage your 3D printer while you’re connected to the same local network. But what if you’re outside, and want to check on a print? OctoPrint Anywhere by Kenneth Jiang allows you to access OctoPrint from anywhere. As long as you have internet access, you can pull up the OctoPrint interface you know and love.

Why do you need it? Get access to OctoPrint, anywhere.

Ease of Use: Difficult

Developed by: Kenneth Jiang

8 Must-Have OctoPrint Plugins There It Is

The OctoPrint logo in 3D
Someone's excited! Source: KingRahl / Thingiverse

There you have it! Our pick of the top eight OctoPrint plugins you should have.

Hopefully, these nifty tricks help elevate your 3D printing experience. If you still need to set up OctoPrint, we have a handy guide for that, too, along with guides for specific printers. We’ve also picked out the top 3D printing software tools in 2019 to keep you on top of your slicing game.

Happy printing!

Feature image source: Thomas Sanladerer / Youtube

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