Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of Linux applications inside software containers. See https://www.docker.com/.
Docker can help you easily evaluate someone else’s code changes without breaking your local setup, as well as test on versions of Linux other than your local installed version. MoveIt! has an official MoveIt! Docker build that lets you quickly get a MoveIt! setup in a local container.
Before starting this tutorial please complete installation as described in Docker’s installation instructions. Installation instructions are available for multiple operating systems.
Note that for recent Linux distros, the installation is basically just a single wget command. You may also want add your user to the docker group to avoid having to use sudo permissions when you use the docker command.
If you are running a recent version of Ubuntu (e.g. 14.04, 16.04) it can be as simple as:
sudo apt-get install curl curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh sudo usermod -aG docker $(whoami)
And you will likely need to log out and back into your user account for the changes to take affect.
To run a Debian-installed container of MoveIt! with graphics support:
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ros-planning/moveit/kinetic-devel/.docker/gui-docker gui-docker && chmod +x gui-docker ./gui-docker -it --rm moveit/moveit:kinetic-release /bin/bash
This will attempt to use nvidia-docker if hardware and drivers are available.
docker run -it moveit/moveit:kinetic-release
There are many variants of the MoveIt! Docker available as documented here. For example, any of the three current distros work: [indigo, kinetic, lunar]. Over variations include:
To make the source container more useful for developing and testing code, we recommend you install the following extra dependencies because the docker container is very bare-bones:
apt-get install less ssh bash-completion tree nano
MoveIt!’s docker containers are built automatically on dockerhub.com, but you can modify and build locally if desired with the following command:
cd moveit/.docker/kinetic/source docker build -t moveit/moveit:kinetic-source .
We are excited to announce that this year’s World MoveIt! Day will be Thursday, October 25, 2018! The event is a day long international hackathon to improve the MoveIt! code base, documentation, and community.
MoveIt! is now released into ROS Melodic LTS (Long Term Support)!
We are excited to announce that MoveIt! was selected for 3 Google Summer of Code (GSoC) grants for the summer of 2018.
In recent years there has been a migration related to ROS discussions, Q&A, and collaboration to ROS Discourse. Inspired by ROS-Industrial's migration this month away from Google Groups, and we believe its time for MoveIt! to migrate as well.
We are excited to announce that the robotic arm manufacturer Franka Emika is partnering with PickNik to sponsor a MoveIt! codesprint to further improve MoveIt!’s tutorials, documentation, and website.