There are essentially two options for protocol writing on the OT-2:

  1. Protocol Designer ➡️ basic workflows, no coding required

  2. Python API ➡️ unlimited control and customization, Python proficiency+ required

We recommend using Protocol Designer if it meets your workflow needs. If you want or need to use the Python API for writing protocols, you have a few options:

  1. If you are proficient at coding in Python, you can use our Python API to develop your own protocol. 

  2. You can download (& modify) protocols from the Protocol Library

  3. You can submit a custom protocol request to us here: Opentrons Custom Protocol Development Request Survey.

Note: Custom protocol development currently takes ~2 weeks. For instructions on requirements/formatting for a custom protocol, please follow the instructions provided in the Opentrons Custom Protocol Development Request Survey.

If you are unsure which option is right for you, please reach out to Opentrons Support.

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