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ROS is an open-source, meta-operating system for your robot. It provides the services you would expect from an operating system, including hardware abstraction, low-level device control, implementation of commonly-used functionality, message-passing between processes, and package management.

Installation Instructions

You can install any of the ROS distributions below since they are fully released on AUR.

Melodic ros-melodic-desktop-fullAUR

Lunar ros-lunar-desktop-fullAUR

Older Versions (Not fully working)


Kinetic packages on the AUR are a work in progress. There are some issues regarding opencv3 that have not been fully resolved yet (installing ros-kinetic-opencv3AUR works, but is somewhat inefficient since it rebuilds opencv3). Currently, installing a metapackage such as ros-kinetic-ros-coreAUR or ros-kinetic-robotAUR should bring in all required dependencies (see [1] for the correct order, or use an AUR helper[broken link: invalid section] that fully resolves dependency trees).

Packages are being added on an as-needed basis. Please send package requests to <aur AT seangreenslade DOT com>, and post any issues with the current packages in their respective AUR comments section.

Configure the build tool


Note that catkin uses python2, and therefore catkin_make may fail unless it explicitly uses python2. To do so, add the following alias to ~/.bashrc:

alias catkin_make="catkin_make -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/python2 -DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/python2.7 -DPYTHON_LIBRARY=/usr/lib/"

catkin build

For configuring the systems using the catkin build environment, one have to configure the catkin workspace as usual and issue a

catkin config -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/python2 -DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/python2.7 -DPYTHON_LIBRARY=/usr/lib/

Afterwards, use catkin build as normal. Please remember to reconfigure your catkin whenever you delete the configuration files (i.e. the catkin_ws directory)

Rebuild when shared libraries are updated

When you update a library that ROS depends on (e.g. Boost), all packages that link to it must be rebuilt. Most AUR helpers will not detect this situation. The following script will generate a list of all packages that are linked to missing so files:

(Note that the script requires pyalpm to be installed.)

Ros 2

Building from source

Build instructions are available at

Install build dependencies: wget, python, python-yaml, python-setuptools, git, cmake, asio, tinyxml, tinyxml2, eigen, libxaw, glu, qt5-base, opencv, python-vcstoolAUR, python-empyAUR.

Fetch the sources:

$ mkdir -p ~/ros2_ws/src
$ cd ~/ros2_ws
$ wget
$ vcs-import src < ros2.repos

Presently some fixes are required:

$ cd ~/ros2_ws/src/ros2/rviz/
$ git remote add racko
$ git fetch racko added_cmake_project_type fix_fallthrough fix_wrong_yaml_cpp
$ git cherry-pick racko/added_cmake_project_type racko/fix_fallthrough racko/fix_wrong_yaml_cpp

Now you can build the workspace:

$ cd ~/ros2_ws
$ src/ament/ament_tools/scripts/ build --symlink-install

Read regarding Ros 1 / Ros 2 interoperability.

Usage Examples

First source the workspace:

$ . ~/ros2_ws/install/local_setup.bash

Functionality comparable to roscore, rosnode, rostopic, rosmsg, rospack, rosrun and rosservice is available via ros2:

$ ros2 -h
usage: ros2 [-h] Call `ros2 <command> -h` for more detailed usage. ... 

ros2 is an extensible command-line tool for ROS 2.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

  daemon    Various daemon related sub-commands
  msg       Various msg related sub-commands
  node      Various node related sub-commands
  pkg       Various package related sub-commands
  run       Run a package specific executable
  security  Various security related sub-commands
  service   Various service related sub-commands
  srv       Various srv related sub-commands
  topic     Various topic related sub-commands

  Call `ros2 <command> -h` for more detailed usage.

A typical "Hello World" example starts with running a publisher node:

$ ros2 topic pub /chatter 'std_msgs/String' "data: 'Hello World'"

Then, in another terminal, you can run a subscriber (Don't forget to source the workspace in every new terminal):

$ ros2 topic echo /chatter

List existing nodes:

$ ros2 node list

List topics:

$ ros2 topic list

Ros 2's version of rviz is

$ rviz2