Ubuntu install of Fuerte Care-O-bot

The fuerte installation process described on this page is not fully available and tested yet. We are working on making it available as soon as possible. If you discover problems, please write to fmw@ipa.fhg.de.

These instructions only cover installing Care-O-bot-related software on a supported Ubuntu-based machine. The installation is tested for Ubuntu 10.04, 11.10 and 12.04. If you discover problems installing them on other platforms, please tell us.

Installation Instructions

These instructions cover installing Care-O-bot-related ROS Hydro software on a supported Ubuntu-based machine. For an overview of Care-O-bot software and ROS, please see the Care-O-bot software overview.

Configure your Ubuntu repositories

Configure your Ubuntu repositories to allow "restricted", "universe", and "multiverse". Also make sure to have "recommended updates" enabled. You can follow the Ubuntu guide for instructions on doing this.

Setup your sources.list

Note that this is for installing the PR2 ROS debians and does not contain instructions for setting up the real PR2. Setup your computer to accept software from packages.ros.org and Clearpath Robotics. ROS Hydro ONLY supports Precise, Quantal, and Raring for debian packages.


You could also use a geographically closer mirror from the following page but you might want to check how up-to-date it is: ROS/Installation/UbuntuMirrors

Get released packages earlier

After a new version of a package has been released it takes some time until it gets synced into the public repositories referenced above. This is mostly to give it some soak time and check for regressions.

If you don't want to wait for the sync but want to use the latest-and-greatest version of ROS packages (even if that might sometime get you unstable packages) you can switch to a different apt repository. You need to change the above entry to use the following URL instead:


Set up your keys

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ros/rosdistro/master/ros.key -O - | sudo apt-key add -


Install all Care-O-bot stacks

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-care-o-bot

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


Proceed to the Care-O-bot tutorials.

Wiki: Robots/Care-O-bot/hydro (last edited 2013-12-11 12:39:22 by FlorianWeisshardt)