I am trying to use my M3D printer that doesn't work with my Linux computer. I have been told that OctoPi would make it work.

My current setup is:

  • Raspberry 2 without WiFi, with OctoPi running
  • Keyboard and touchscreen connected to the Raspberry
  • A .obj file located in /home/pi/ on the Raspberry

I don't know anything about OctoPi, but it seems to be created to use as a print server connected by WiFi.

My question is: how can I use it locally, directly on my Raspberry?

NOTE: I can only use my Raspberry in command line for the moment, but if required I can install lightdm to display stuff.

  • $\begingroup$ If you install a web browser on the raspberry pi, you can access octoprint from there (by going to localhost). Is this what you're after? $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2016 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ Have you considered maybe using wired Ethernet, the way OctoPrint was originally designed to work, as described by most Octoprint installation guides, skipping the optional WiFi setup -- a, b, c, d, etc. -- instead of WiFi? Normal wired Ethernet cables work fine for me. $\endgroup$
    – David Cary
    Oct 23, 2016 at 1:48

1 Answer 1


To use it locally you need to be able to view the desktop.

sudo raspi-config to pull up the config menu and enable boot to desktop.

If there is no browser installed already you'll need to install one.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser

Open the browser and navigate to http://localhost/

I recommend configuring access control when it prompts you. After you configure it, click login in the top right and login to use octopi.

octocmd is a command line interface for octoprint. If you would rather not boot into the desktop then this is the way to go.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer and the alternative. That's exactly what I was looking for. $\endgroup$
    – SteeveDroz
    Oct 23, 2016 at 6:24

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