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Install ROS 2 Galactic with Create 3 Messages on an Ubuntu 20.04 Machine

Before you start

These directions should work on a machine natively running Ubuntu1 20.04, as well as in a virtualized container within another operating system. Note that there might be some network setup required if in a virtualized container; for example, RMWs seem to like running in a bridged network configuration rather than a NATted one.

These directions follow Open Robotics' official documentation on Installing ROS 2 on Ubuntu Linux, and more detailed information about what the commands below do can be found there.


Some single board computers may have board specific instructions that differ from the step-by-step process outlined below. These instructions are available for the NVIDIA® Jetson™ and Raspberry Pi® 4.


  1. If you haven't already, download and install Ubuntu® Server 20.04 64-bit onto your machine.

  2. Once logged in, check to ensure that you are using a UTF-8 locale by typing

    echo $LANG

    and ensuring "UTF-8" is at the end of the returned string.

  3. Execute the following blocks of commands to install ROS 22:

    sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y curl gnupg2 lsb-release build-essential git cmake


    sudo curl -ksSL  -o /usr/share/keyrings/ros-archive-keyring.gpg
    echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/ros-archive-keyring.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros2.list > /dev/null
    sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y ros-galactic-ros-base python3-colcon-common-extensions python3-rosdep ros-galactic-rmw-fastrtps-cpp ros-galactic-rmw-cyclonedds-cpp ros-galactic-irobot-create-msgs


    echo "source /usr/share/colcon_cd/function/" >> ~/.bashrc
    echo "export _colcon_cd_root=/opt/ros/galactic/" >> ~/.bashrc
    echo "source /usr/share/colcon_argcomplete/hook/colcon-argcomplete.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
    echo "source /opt/ros/galactic/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
  4. At this point, we recommend setting your default RMW (ROS 2 middleware). The RMW you set here has to match the RMW on your robot, which can be found from its Application Configuration page. More detail on RMW can be found here. Right now, the Create® 3 robot supports rmw_cyclonedds_cpp and rmw_fastrtps_cpp. The default for Galactic is rmw_cyclonedds_cpp. Depending on your robot's RMW implementation, type one of the following:

    echo "export RMW_IMPLEMENTATION=rmw_cyclonedds_cpp" >> ~/.bashrc


    echo "export RMW_IMPLEMENTATION=rmw_fastrtps_cpp" >> ~/.bashrc
  5. Finally, either log out and log back in, or simply

    source ~/.bashrc
  6. If both your computer and robot are on the same network, you should now be able to test things out with a ros2 topic list. If this does not work, please refer to ROS 2 Network Configuration for further configuration ideas. A full Create® 3 API description can be found here.

  1. Ubuntu is a registered trademark of Canonical Ltd. 

  2. ROS 2 is governed by Open Robotics