Debian install of ROS Kinetic

CAUTION: Release of this distribution is pending.

ROS Kinetic Kame has not been fully released yet, so these instructions will not entirely work yet.

We are building Debian packages for Debian Jessie. These packages are more efficient than source-based builds and are our preferred installation method for Debian. Note that there are also packages available from Debian upstream. Please see UpstreamPackages to understand the difference.

Debian packages are built for the following distros and architectures.









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

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Configure your Debian repositories

Configure your Debian repositories to allow "contrib" and "non-free". You can follow the Debian guide for instructions on doing this.

Setup your sources.list

Setup your computer to accept software from ROS Kinetic ONLY supports Jessie (Debian 8) for debian packages.

  • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'


Source Debs are also available

Set up your keys

  • sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-key 421C365BD9FF1F717815A3895523BAEEB01FA116


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

  • 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 packages individually.

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

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

      or click here

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-desktop

      or click here

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

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

      or click here

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

    • sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-PACKAGE
      sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-slam-gmapping

To find available packages, use:

apt-cache search ros-kinetic

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.

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/kinetic/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, instead of the above you can type:

source /opt/ros/kinetic/setup.bash

If you use zsh instead of bash you need to run the following commands to set up your shell:

echo "source /opt/ros/kinetic/setup.zsh" >> ~/.zshrc
source ~/.zshrc

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 Debian, run:

sudo apt-get install python-rosinstall

Build farm status

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


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

Wiki: kinetic/Installation/Debian (last edited 2016-05-23 19:27:55 by DHood)