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Install ROS Kinetic on Ubuntu

If you haven’t heard of ROS before it is an acronym for Robot Operating System by the Open Source Robotics Foundation.

ROS provides libraries and tools to help software developers create robot applications. It provides hardware abstraction, device drivers, libraries, visualizers, message-passing, package management, and more. ROS is licensed under an open source, BSD license.

Kinetic is the tenth ROS distribution release and is short for “Kinetic Kane”.  It was released May 23rd, 2016.

 

Ubuntu install of ROS Kinetic

Debian packages are available for several Ubuntu platforms, listed below. These packages are more efficient than source-based builds and are our preferred installation method for Ubuntu. Note that there are also packages available from Ubuntu upstream. Please see UpstreamPackages to understand the difference.

Ubuntu packages are built for the following distros and architectures.

Distro amd64 i386 armhf
Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) X X
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) X X X

If you need to install from source (not recommended), please see source (download-and-compile) installation instructions.

Installation

 

Configure your Ubuntu repositories

 

Configure your Ubuntu repositories to allow “restricted,” “universe,” and “multiverse.” You can follow the Ubuntu guidefor instructions on doing this.

Setup your sources.list

 

Setup your computer to accept software from packages.ros.org. ROS Kinetic ONLY supports Wily (Ubuntu 15.10), Xenial (Ubuntu 16.04) and Jessie (Debian 8) for debian packages.

Mirrors

Source Debs are also available

 

Set up your keys

 



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Installation

First, make sure your Debian package index is up-to-date:



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There are many different libraries and tools in ROS. We provided four default configurations to get you started. You can also install ROS packages individually.

In case of problems with the next step, you can use following repositories instead of the ones mentioned above ros-shadow-fixed

  • Desktop-Full Install: (Recommended) : ROS, rqt, rviz, robot-generic libraries, 2D/3D simulators, navigation and 2D/3D perception


    • or click here

    Desktop Install: ROS, rqt, rviz, and robot-generic libraries


    • or click here

    ROS-Base: (Bare Bones) ROS package, build, and communication libraries. No GUI tools.


    • or click here

    Individual Package: You can also install a specific ROS package (replace underscores with dashes of the package name):



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To find available packages, use:

Initialize rosdep

Before you can use ROS, you will need to initialize rosdep. rosdep enables you to easily install system dependencies for source you want to compile and is required to run some core components in ROS.

 

Environment setup

 

It’s convenient if the ROS environment variables are automatically added to your bash session every time a new shell is launched:

 

If you have more than one ROS distribution installed, ~/.bashrc must only source the setup.bash for the version you are currently using.

If you just want to change the environment of your current shell, instead of the above you can type:

 

Getting rosinstall

rosinstall is a frequently used command-line tool in ROS that is distributed separately. It enables you to easily download many source trees for ROS packages with one command.

To install this tool on Ubuntu, run:

Build farm status

The packages that you installed were built by the ROS build farm. You can check the status of individual packages here.

License

Installation how to modified from ROS wiki.  Content licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0