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 ~4 weeks. For instructions on requirements/formatting for a custom protocol, please follow these guidelines

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

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