Ubuntu install of Electric PR2 Desktop


These instructions cover installing PR2-related ROS Electric software on a supported Ubuntu-based machine. For more an overview of PR2 software and ROS, please see the PR2 software overview.

Important: these instructions describe installing PR2-specific software on your desktop or laptop. It does not cover installing ROS on a PR2. For PR2-related service information and tutorials, please see the PR2 Support Site.

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 ROS.org.

  • 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 10.10 (Maverick)

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

    Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)

    • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu natty 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'

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

NOTE: You will get a prompt about hddtemp when you do the install below: you can safely answer no to the prompt if you are not installing on an actual PR2. To avoid getting the prompt, you can set the debconf selection ahead of time:

  • echo "hddtemp hddtemp/daemon boolean false" | sudo debconf-set-selections

NOTE: Not all of pr2-desktop is building on Oneiric yet. Please file tickets for red packages in the electric debbuild status page which you would like to use.

Choose your preferred install:

  • PR2 Desktop: PR2 developer stacks, including PR2 simulator.

    • sudo apt-get install ros-electric-pr2-desktop

      or click here

    WG PR2 Desktop: PR2 and Willow Garage developer stacks.

    • sudo apt-get install ros-electric-wg-pr2-desktop

      or click here

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/electric/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/electric/setup.bash


1. Proceed to the PR2 Tutorials.

2. Installing your Kinect 2 and integrating it with PR2 Indigo http://wiki.ros.org/Robots/PR2/HardwareMods

3. Filing a bug for ROS Package related bugs: https://github.com/pr2

4. Filing a bug for PR2 system related bugs: https://github.com/pr2-debs

Wiki: Robots/PR2/electric (last edited 2011-11-16 01:48:23 by TullyFoote)