Ubuntu install of Fuerte

We are building Debian packages for several Ubuntu platforms, listed below. These packages are more efficient than source-based builds and are our preferred installation method for Ubuntu.

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


Configure your Ubuntu repositories

Configure your Ubuntu repositories to allow "restricted," "universe," and "multiverse." You can follow the Ubuntu guide for instructions on doing this.

Setup your sources.list

Setup your computer to accept software from packages.ros.org. ROS Fuerte does not support Maverick, Natty, or Quantal.

  • Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid)

    • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu lucid main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

    Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)

    • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu oneiric main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

    Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise)

    • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu precise main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

Set up your keys

  • wget http://packages.ros.org/ros.key -O - | sudo apt-key add -


Make sure you have re-indexed the ROS.org server:

  • sudo apt-get update

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

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-desktop-full

      or click here

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-desktop

      or click here

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-ros-comm

      or click here

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-STACK
      sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-slam-gmapping

Environment setup

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

echo "source /opt/ros/fuerte/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
. ~/.bashrc

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, you can type:

source /opt/ros/fuerte/setup.bash

Most users will want to develop their own packages. The best way to configure the environment for that is to create an overlay.

Standalone tools

rosinstall and rosdep are frequently used command-line tools in ROS that are distributed separately. rosinstall enables you to easily download source trees for ROS packages and stacks. rosdep enables you to easily install system dependencies for source you are about to compile.

To install these tools, run:

sudo apt-get install python-rosinstall python-rosdep


Now, to test your installation, please proceed to the ROS Tutorials.

Wiki: fuerte/Installation/Ubuntu (last edited 2012-08-06 00:38:07 by TullyFoote)