Manual installation

The following instructions will help you to set up a development environment for the Robot Learning Lab.

Setting up ROS

First you need to install the Robot Operating System (ROS). Follow the official installation instructions. You can either select ROS Melodic Morenia or ROS Kinetic Kame. Both are supported, but ROS Melodic Morenia is recommended for a new installation.

Make sure to follow all the installation steps as described in the instructions, including installing the dependencies for building packages. One additional package needs to be installed as well:

sudo apt install python-catkin-tools

Creating the RLL workspace

The following commands create a new ROS workspace in your home folder and install the Robot Learning Lab SDK and the Robot Playground project into it:

mkdir ~/rll_ws
cd ~/rll_ws
wstool init src
rosdep install --from-paths src --ignore-src -r -y
catkin build
source devel/setup.bash

The last command adds the ROS Environment variables from the RLL packages to you bash session. If you do not want to run this command every time you open an new shell, you can add it to your bashrc:

echo "source ~/rll_ws/devel/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc

Testing the installation

You can launch the visualization with the robot simulation to check if everything works correctly:

roslaunch rll_robot_playground_project moveit_planning_execution.launch

It should look similar to the screenshot below. You should have an RViz window with the robot workcell and the shell should print You can start planning now!.