Getting Started

This tutorial will install MoveIt and create a workspace sandbox to run the tutorials and example robot.

Install ROS and Catkin

Install ROS Noetic. It is easy to miss steps when going through the ROS installation tutorial. If you run into errors in the next few steps, a good place to start is to go back and make sure you have installed ROS correctly.

Once you have ROS installed, make sure you have the most up to date packages:

rosdep update
sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Install catkin the ROS build system:

sudo apt install ros-noetic-catkin python3-catkin-tools python3-osrf-pycommon

Install wstool :

sudo apt install python3-wstool

Create A Catkin Workspace and Download MoveIt Source

Because the version of the tutorials uses the master branch which is being actively developed, you will most likely need to build all of MoveIt from source. You will need to have a catkin workspace setup:

mkdir -p ~/ws_moveit/src
cd ~/ws_moveit/src

wstool init .
wstool merge -t .
wstool remove  moveit_tutorials  # this is cloned in the next section
wstool update -t .

Download Example Code

To easily follow along with these tutorials, you will need a ROBOT_moveit_config package. The default demo robot is the Panda arm from Franka Emika. To get a working panda_moveit_config package, we recommend you install from source.

Within your catkin workspace, download the tutorials as well as the panda_moveit_config package. You may safely ignore any git clone errors saying the destination already exists:

cd ~/ws_moveit/src
git clone -b master
git clone -b noetic-devel


For now we will use a pre-generated panda_moveit_config package but later we will learn how to make our own in the MoveIt Setup Assistant tutorial.

Build your Catkin Workspace

The following will install from Debian any package dependencies not already in your workspace:

cd ~/ws_moveit/src
rosdep install -y --from-paths . --ignore-src --rosdistro noetic

Note In case an upstream package is not (yet) available from the standard ROS repositories or if you experience any build errors in those packages, please try to fetch the latest release candidates from the ROS testing repositories instead:

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

The next command will configure your catkin workspace:

cd ~/ws_moveit
catkin config --extend /opt/ros/${ROS_DISTRO} --cmake-args -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
catkin build

Source the catkin workspace:

source ~/ws_moveit/devel/setup.bash

Optional: add the previous command to your .bashrc:

echo 'source ~/ws_moveit/devel/setup.bash' >> ~/.bashrc


Sourcing the setup.bash automatically in your ~/.bashrc is not required and often skipped by advanced users who use more than one catkin workspace at a time, but we recommend it for simplicity.

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