Ubuntu ARM install of ROS Hydro

There are currently some experimental builds of ROS for Ubuntu Precise, Quantal and Raring armhf. These builds do not include all packages, but they should save a considerable amount of time compared to doing a full source-based installation.

The Ubuntu ARM build farm status is available here, and the build farm is maintained by Austin Hendrix.

Supported/Tested Platforms

If this install works for your platform, please list it here:


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.

Set your Local

Boost and some of the ROS tools require that the system local be set. You can set it with:


Setup your sources.list

Setup your computer to accept software from the ARM mirror on packages.ros.org.

Due to limited resources, there are only active builds for Raring armhf, since this appear to be the most popular Ubuntu distribution in use on ARM.

  • Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring armhf)

    • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.namniart.com/repos/ros raring main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

    Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal armhf)

    • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.namniart.com/repos/ros quantal main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

    Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise armhf)

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

Set up your keys

  • wget http://packages.namniart.com/repos/namniart.key -O - | sudo apt-key add -


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

  • sudo apt-get update

There are many different libraries and tools in ROS. Most of the default configurations do not yet compile fully on ARM. You can also install ROS packages individually.

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-ros-base

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-PACKAGE
      • e.g.
      sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-slam-gmapping

To find available packages, use:

apt-cache search ros-hydro

Install Sizes

Base Package

Total Install Size







Initialize rosdep

Before you can use ROS, you will need to install and 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.

May be broken in Hydro for armhf builds. The latest version reported by apt is 0.10.18-1, but 0.10.21-1 is required. (Interestingly the .deb appears in the repository but is not 'active' when an apt-get update is performed.

sudo apt-get install python-rosdep
sudo rosdep init
rosdep update

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/hydro/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.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/hydro/setup.bash

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:

sudo apt-get install python-rosinstall

Verifying OS name

Make sure your OS name defined at /etc/lsb-release is as the following. Since ros does not recognize Linaro as an OS, this is necessary. The following is for Ubuntu 13.04, raring. Modify the release number and name as per your target.



Wiki: hydro/Installation/UbuntuARM (last edited 2014-12-08 17:31:41 by AustinHendrix)