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Klipper is one of the few 3D printing firmware that natively supports an external camera for monitoring your 3D printer. Klipper’s web interface makes it easy to attach a camera to the Raspberry Pi and monitor your printing progress.

But Klipper is a relatively new firmware with limited resources and guides detailing its various features. As a new user or beginner, it’s easy to get confused about the installation and configuration of a camera on your Klipper 3D printer.

This article aims to make this process easy for you and help you set up a camera on your Klipper-connected 3D printer. Read on to learn in-depth about Klipper’s camera setup procedure and how a camera can benefit your 3D printing workflow.

Remote Monitoring

A camera can remotely monitor and supervise your 3D prints from anywhere. With Klipper’s web browser interface, you can control and monitor your 3D prints on any device as long as you’re on the same wireless connection. You can use your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to monitor your printing progress.

Detecting Print Failures

You can extend your remote monitoring capabilities to virtually anywhere in the world with tools like Obico. Using the Obico setup on Klipper, you can control and keep a watch on your 3D printer without any restrictions. Obico also uses your camera to automatically detect print failures using its AI technology which helps reduce your filament wastage.

Shoot Time Lapse Videos

Besides print monitoring, you can configure your camera to shoot timelapse videos on Klipper firmware. These timelapse videos can be a great way to keep a record of your 3D prints and share them with your friends. You can also use these videos to analyze your print failures and look for any defects in the print quality.

Which camera to choose for your 3D printer?

Typically, a USB webcam or Raspberry Pi camera are the ideal camera choices for your 3D printer. You can also go overboard and attach a DSLR camera to your machine. But, a DSLR can be needless for remote monitoring considering its price and extensive setup process.

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So, we’ll look at USB webcams and Raspberry Pi cameras in this section and understand their differences.

USB Webcam

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USB webcams are easy to configure, and you can choose from various camera options for your 3D printer. Most webcams offer a plug-n-play setup with the Raspberry Pi and require minimal setup. Additionally, a USB webcam offers flexible mounting options, and you can find several 3D-printed mounts for some popular webcams like the Logitech C270.

We recommend getting a webcam with at least a 720p resolution. It provides decent picture quality at relatively affordable prices. Some webcams offer an auto-focus option which can ease the process of setting up the camera for your printing. You can also check for webcams with lighting and settings adjustments if you need more control over your recording process.

You can refer to this camera guide that lists the compatible webcams for Raspberry Pi. It’s a comprehensive list covering various webcams you can use with your Klipper 3D printer.


  • Easy to set up and configure.
  • Wide variety of options.
  • Easy availability.
  • Affordable price points.
  • Multi-purpose functionality.


  • Limited compatibility.
  • Less community support for unpopular webcams.

Popular Options

  • Logitech C270
  • Logitech HD Pro C920
  • Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000
  • Wyze V2

Raspberry Pi Cameras

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The Raspberry Pi cameras are explicitly developed to run with the Pi boards. They’re small, budget-friendly, and easy to set up for your 3D printer.

The basic Raspberry Pi camera V2 ranges somewhere around $30. You can shoot high-quality images on it, along with 1080p videos at 30fps. These specifications are adequate for basic 3D printer monitoring purposes and for recording high-quality videos of your 3D prints.

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Likewise, the Raspberry Pi HQ camera gives you more flexibility and features for shooting high-quality images and videos with your 3D printer. It features a 12MP sensor, and you can switch between various camera lenses to get the best possible results.

You need to consider that mounting and positioning a Raspberry Pi camera on your 3D printer can be a challenging task. It can also be difficult to source compatible lenses for the HQ camera, further restricting your configuration options.

However, considering the price to performance factor, a Raspberry Pi camera can be an excellent option for beginners on a budget. They have great community support, which can come in handy during the initial setup process.


  • Easy setup process.
  • Widely compatible with the Pi boards.
  • Good video quality.
  • Excellent community support.
  • Budget-friendly pricing.


  • It can be difficult to procure.
  • Short ribbon length.
  • Challenging to position.

Popular options:

  • Raspberry Pi V2
  • Raspberry Pi HQ

How To Install and Configure A Camera With Your Klipper 3D Printer?

It’s assumed that you’ve already installed Klipper on your 3D printer; otherwise you can refer to our Klipper installation guide using Fluidd and Mainsail OS. Both interfaces natively support webcams without any need for external configuration files. We’ll look at configuring USB webcams for FluiddPi and Mainsail OS images.


USB webcam Installation

  1. Plug the USB webcam into your Raspberry Pi and log in to your Fluidd instance.
  2. Open settings and Go to the camera option.

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  1. Add a camera and name it.

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  1. You should now be able to view the camera feed in the main Fluidd dashboard.

**Webcam Configuration

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  1. Go to the configuration section and open the webcam.txt file.
  2. For the USB webcam, uncomment the line camera=usb by removing the # symbol.
  3. You can further change the resolution and FPS option by uncommenting line 24. In this case, we’ve set the resolution to 640x480 at 10FPS for a smooth video stream.
  4. Save and Restart your Fluidd instance.

The procedure is the same for Raspberry Pi cameras. You can find the configuration for it at the bottom of the file.

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Mainsail OS

Webcam Installation

  1. Plug the USB webcam into your Raspberry Pi and log in to your Mainsail OS instance.
  2. Open settings and navigate to the webcams section.

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  1. Add a webcam and name it. Save and exit the window.

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  1. You should now see a video feed on the main dashboard.

**Webcam configuration!

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  1. Go to the Machine section and open the crowsnest.conf file.
  2. You can see the [cam 1] section at the bottom of the file.
  3. You can adjust the resolution and fps per your requirements under their respective lines.
  4. Save and Restart the firmware.

There’s no specific configuration for the Raspberry Pi camera, and you should be able to configure it similarly to a USB webcam. You can refer to this crowsnest guide for detailed information on all aspects of the configuration file.

A multi-camera setup can help you shoot with two or more cameras, each dedicated to a specific purpose.

For example, you can use a low-quality webcam to monitor your prints and a separate webcam to record timelapse videos on Klipper. With multiple cameras, you can monitor several printers from a single Raspberry Pi without installing Klipper for each 3D printer.

However, setting up multiple cameras can be a tricky process, and it can be specifically confusing for beginners. Let’s go over the process for FluiddPi and Mainsail OS.


  1. Open the configuration section and make a copy of the webcam.txt file. Rename it to webcam2.txt, or webcam3.txt, depending on the cameras you’re setting up.

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  1. Open the webcam2.txt file and ensure that the camera configuration differs from your primary camera. For example, if your primary webcam has camera="USB", change the configuration for your second webcam to camera="auto".
  2. Like earlier, you can alter the resolution and fps settings for the second camera depending on its specifications.
  3. Every camera needs to have a separate port ID. Uncomment line 72 that indicates the camera options.
  4. Edit the camera_http_options to camera_http_options="-n -p 8081 for your second camera. Similarly, if you want to set up a third and fourth camera, edit the port IDs to 8082 and 8083, respectively.

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  1. Install a new camera in the Fluidd interface and change the camera URL to webcam1/?action=stream for port ID 8081.
  2. Likewise, for the third and fourth webcams with port ID 8082 and 8083, change the URL to webcam2 and webcam3, respectively.

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  1. Check that the cameras work by entering http://you're-ip/webcam2/ in your web browser.

Mainsail OS

  1. Open the crowsnest.conf file from configurations.
  2. Copy and paste the [cam1] file and edit it to [cam 2].

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  1. Change the port ID to 8081. Edit any camera settings if you need to.
  2. Install a new camera in the Mainsail interface and change the camera URL to webcam1/?action=stream for port ID 8081.
  3. Likewise, for the third and fourth webcams with port ID 8082 and 8083, change the URL to webcam2 and webcam3, respectively.
  4. Check that the cameras work by entering http://you're-ip/webcam2/ in your web browser.

That’s it. You’ve now set up multiple cameras with Fluidd and Mainsail OS for your Klipper 3D printer. Remember, Klipper supports up to four separate cameras with its native nginx configuration.

Next Steps

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You can now play around with your camera settings and remotely monitor your 3D printer(s) on your home network. Or you can go a step further and try out the Obico with Klipper and monitor your 3D prints from anywhere in the world.

Obico runs in your web browser and provides a live stream of your ongoing 3D prints. You can also install it on your mobile device as an application and access your 3D printers remotely from anywhere.

With a camera connected to your 3D printer, Obico can help you detect print failures in real time. It uses AI failure detection technology and continuously analyzes your video stream for any signs of print failures. If Obico detects a potential print failure, it instantly notifies you and stops the current 3D print.

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This AI print failure detection comes in handy when operating multiple printers or printing extended-duration models. It can save you from unnecessary failed printing hours and wastage of filament material if a failed print goes unnoticed for a while.

In the end, with Obico, you can take full benefits of your Klipper camera setup and use it to enhance your 3D printing experience.


How do I set up my Klipper camera? ›

Open the crowsnest.

Change the port ID to 8081. Edit any camera settings if you need to. Install a new camera in the Mainsail interface and change the camera URL to webcam1/? action=stream for port ID 8081.

What is needed to run Klipper? ›

The recommended hardware is a Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, or Raspberry Pi 4. Klipper will run on a Raspberry Pi 1 and on the Raspberry Pi Zero, but these boards don't have enough processing power to run OctoPrint well.

Where is the Klipper config file? ›

Configuring Klipper

Load the printer config file in the editor and then save it as a file named "printer.cfg" in the home directory of the pi user (ie, /home/pi/printer.cfg).

Can you use SD card with Klipper? ›

After Klipper has been initially flashed to a controller it is possible to transfer new firmware to the SD Card and initiate the flashing procedure via ssh.

How much RAM is needed for Klipper? ›

Memory: An SBC with at least 512 MB of RAM, with 1 GB being the suggested amount. An ARM64 CPU is recommended.

What coding language does Klipper use? ›

Klipper uses a very high level language (Python) for most code. The kinematics algorithms, the G-code parsing, the heating and thermistor algorithms, etc. are all written in Python. This makes it easier to develop new functionality.

What size SD card for Klipper? ›

You'll need at least a Class-10 8gb SD card. If a UHS(Ultra High Speed) is available, you'll want at least a UHS-1.

How can I install my camera without the CD? ›

a. Go to the manufacturer's website, check for driver section, it would also you for the webcam name and number. b. Downloads the driver of the webcam to your computer.

What is the difference between a 360 camera and a 3D camera? ›

To begin with, 3D cameras are devoted to bringing depth in the images seen by the human eyes, whereas 360 degrees cameras are devoted to creating a sense of immersion for the view when viewing the images. 360 degree cameras make the viewer feel as part of the image and not just something they are seeing from a distant.

How do I connect my camera to my Virtual Machine? ›

Select Virtual Machine > Settings. Click Add Device. Select Camera. Click Add.

Is Klipper better than Marlin? ›

Kinematics and resolution: Klipper uses more sophisticated motion processing and works to a finer level of detail. It can drive many more steps per second than Marlin, which can improve print quality and, in particular, print speed.

Does Klipper increase print quality? ›

Klipper Input Shaping improves print quality by exorcising the ghosts caused by vibrations and resonances. Read on to learn all about it!

Is Klipper better than OctoPrint? ›

Klipper is a better choice in almost every way. It actually uses the CPU of your pi to improve the print, as opposed to Octoprint which basically just spits the gcode straight over to the microcontroller.

Can you connect to an IP camera directly? ›

An IP camera can connect directly to your network or computer, and there are three ways to do so. The three ways listed below do not require a NVR. A NVR, or Network Video Recorder, is the device that IP cameras connect to.

How do I connect my camera IP address? ›

you need to prepare the camera's power adapter and a network cable.
  1. Get your security camera charged. ...
  2. Use the network cable to connect to the camera and the computer. ...
  3. Scan and find out the security camera's IP address on the computer. ...
  4. Change the computer's IP address to the same network prefix of the IP camera.

How do I connect my camera IP? ›

Here is how to proceed:
  1. Take an Ethernet cable to connect the LAN port on the external PoE switch and the router. Then connect the router with the non-PoE NVR.
  2. Use Ethernet cables to connect all IP cameras to the PoE switch RJ45 ports. ...
  3. Use an HDMI cable or VGA cable to connect the monitor and the NVR.

Does Klipper use Marlin G-Code? ›

Many slicers have an option to configure the "G-Code flavor". The default is frequently "Marlin" and that works well with Klipper. The "Smoothieware" setting also works well with Klipper.

Does Klipper have thermal runaway? ›

Fluidd, one of Klipper's web interfaces (Source: Fluidd) Other Notable Klipper Features: Thermal runaway protection algorithms. Supports TMC silent stepper drivers.

Can you use Cura with Klipper? ›

Cura and Klipper are a perfectly good combination capable of working together, however compared with a “classic” Cura/Marlin implementation, there are things to be aware of. Let's take a closer look at what's different, how to avoid compatibility issues, and how to get the best from each.

Is 32 GB RAM enough for 3D rendering? ›

RAM (system memory).

For some 3D rendering jobs, 8 GB of RAM will get the job done, but to be fully optimized, 32 GB is recommended, with a MHz rate as high as possible (ideally not less than 2.2).

Does Klipper need a Raspberry Pi? ›

Klipper can be installed on most devices that run Linux (or a similar operating system). So, depending on your preferences, you can use a Raspberry Pi (the most popular choice among users), an Orange Pi, a Beaglebone, or even a desktop computer.

Is 1 GB of RAM enough for OctoPrint? ›

1GB is more than sufficient for OctoPrint, even if you run multiple instances. More critical is sufficent cooling (especially with the Pi4B) and a good quality power supply with enough amps. Having enough power is even more important when the Pi is powering other devices like WebCam and touch screen.

Is Klipper written in Python? ›

Klippy code overview

The host code (Klippy) is intended to run on a low-cost computer (such as a Raspberry Pi) paired with the micro-controller. The code is primarily written in Python, however it does use CFFI to implement some functionality in C code.

What coding does the military use? ›

The Ada programming language is a language based on Ada. It has been widely used in the military and the US Department of Defense for decades. It has many advantages, including being highly customizable and enabling multiple users. It has object-oriented features and supports multi-user programs.

Does Klipper support stealth mode? ›

Many people successfully use "stealthChop" mode with Klipper's pressure advance. Klipper implements smooth pressure advance which does not introduce any instantaneous velocity changes. However, "stealthChop" mode may produce lower motor torque and/or produce higher motor heat.

What size SD card should I put in my trail camera? ›

All current SPYPOINT cameras require an SD card that is between 2GB and 32GB in size. This is the SDHC type card. The SDHC cards use the Fat32 file formatting system.

Can I use a 256GB SD card on Raspberry Pi? ›

Awesome Extras. This is a retail-packaged high-quality 256GB Class 10 A1 SanDisk MicroSD card to use with your own Raspberry Pi operating system (OS) image. These high-capacity 256GB cards are great for projects which require lots of storage.

Is SanDisk Extreme better than Ultra? ›

The SanDisk Extreme range is more powerful than the SanDisk Ultra range. These cards have faster reading and writing speeds to support video 4K and handle burst mode while shooting raw.

Which camera is easiest to install? ›

What is the easiest home security camera to install? If you just want to place a security camera on a shelf or counter, indoor cameras like the Blink Mini, Wyze Cam v3 and Cam Pan 2, Arlo Essential Indoor Cam, GE CYNC Cam and others are generally the easiest to install.

Can I put a camera up without WiFi? ›

Yes, it is possible to use your security cameras without internet. It's a good option if you have poor service or lack high-speed access. Many of the cameras that don't use the internet connect through a closed system, such as a CCTV or mobile setup. Learn more about security cameras without internet access here.

Can you have a camera system without WiFi? ›

Yes, there are security cameras without WiFi. Typically, security cameras use WiFi to send footage to the cloud so that you can view it on an app. But “No-WiFi” options store the footage locally. Some will save footage to a digital video recorder (DVR), while others store footage on a memory card.

Can security cameras see 360 degrees? ›

A 360-degree security camera, also known as an omnidirectional or panoramic camera, captures video footage in a nearly complete sphere around the camera. An omnidirectional camera sees and records everything around it simultaneously.

Is a 360 car camera worth it? ›

Off-road usefulness: Although 360-degree cameras are beneficial as a safety feature, they also come in handy at other times, like off-roading. To have a clear view of objects and obstacles around the vehicle when off-pavement is a considerable advantage when 4-wheeling.

Why would I want a 360 camera? ›

It is difficult to capture the entire space in one shot even with the latest smartphones or a DSLR with a wide-angle lens. A major advantage of 360 degree cameras is being able to shoot the space all around you and to look back at it in a more immersive way.

Can cameras catch virtual images? ›

No, it is possible to photograph a virtual image. Any camera that's capable of photographing actual objects is also capable of photographing real and virtual images. If you stand in front of a mirror and take a photo, you'll get a photo of the virtual image.

How do I change my default camera to a virtual camera? ›

Go to Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers. 3. You should see a list of devices connected to your Windows computer. Find your external webcam, right-click on the same, and select Set as Default Device from the pop-up menu.

Why is my camera showing can't connect to camera? ›

Restart Your Device.

You may need to turn your device off an on again several times until your camera starts working again. If you can't connect to the camera please make sure to close other apps then check if this fixes your problem. If not, you can restart your device.

How do I configure my Klipper BLTouch? ›

With Klipper, BLTouch probes automate the mesh bed levelling process.
How to Do It
  1. Open Klipper configuration.
  2. Add the heading if not already present.
  3. Then, add the following under the heading: speed: 120. horizontal_move_z: 5. mesh_min: 35, 6. mesh_max: 240, 198. probe_count: 5, 3.
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How do I connect my RPI camera? ›

First, plug the ribbon connector of the camera module into the connector on the Raspberry Pi. The white connector closer to the USB and Ethernet ports is the one for the camera. The other port, located on the other side of the single-board computer, is meant for connecting a display.

How do I configure a USB capture card? ›

Connect the capture card to your computer with a USB cable, then turn the Switch on and open your OBS program. Click the '+' button in the 'Sources' box in OBS, then select 'Video Capture Device.

How do I setup my internal capture card? ›

Installing a PCI-e internal capture card:
  1. Insert the capture card into an empty PCI-e slot on the computer's motherboard.
  2. Plug the first HDMI cable into the HDMI IN port of the capture card.
  3. Plug the other end of the first HDMI cable into the HDMI OUT port of the primary device (PlayStation, Xbox, etc.)
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Which is better AVerMedia vs Elgato? ›

Both the AverMedia Live Gamer 4K and the Elgato 4K60 Pro passthrough high frame rate footage (1440p at 144 Hz, and 1080p at 240 Hz), but only the AVerMedia GC573 can actually capture 144 Hz and 240 Hz high frame rate footage. The 4K60 Pro is maxed out at 60 FPS capture.


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