Controlling your 3D Printer with Proxmox

A big part of the post is reusing info from a post on the OctoPrint forum Controlling your 3D Printer with Proxmox

That being said it was not written to be installing on Ubuntu or in a VM so there are some more steps that we are going to need to take.

For this post I am going to assume that you know how to setup a vm and how to pass a usb port to a vm in Proxmox if you do not it will be covered in the video at the bottom.

Now that you have your VM of Ubuntu 22.04 running and your USB port for your printer passed to that VM it is time to start installing OctoPrint. The first thing that we you need to do is to update and upgrade your install of Ubuntu.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

now that you have your update done it is time to setup a new user OctoPrint is ment to be used with a user pi but Ubuntu dose not have this user by default like a Raspberry Pi would so we will need to set this up.

sudo adduser pi

now we need to give the user sudo rights

sudo adduser pi sudo

The last step for user config is to give the user the rights to use serial

sudo usermod -a -G tty pi
sudo usermod -a -G dialout pi

Now log back in with the pi user

now lets go to root

cd ~

and install dependencies for OctoPrint

sudo apt install python3-pip python3-dev python3-setuptools python3-venv git libyaml-dev build-essential -y

make an folder for OctoPrint and move to the folder.

mkdir OctoPrint && cd OctoPrint

setup a virtual environment for python

python3 -m venv venv

Activate the environment

source venv/bin/activate

Now lets install OctoPrint

pip install pip --upgrade
pip install octoprint

Time to test the web interface

~/OctoPrint/venv/bin/octoprint serve

Go to a web browser and navigate to http://<your IP>:5000

the last step is to set up auto start up. To do this we are going to download this script and move it to systemd/system

wget && sudo mv octoprint.service /etc/systemd/system/octoprint.service

Adjust the path if needed if you fallowed this post your /etc/systemd/system/octoprint.service shoud look like this


now start you service

sudo service octoprint start

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