Compiling From Source


  • ROS Indigo, Jade or Kinetic (Only tested on Ubuntu)
  • Ubuntu packages: build-esstential, python-rosdep, python-catkin-tools
  • Basic familiarity with building ROS packages
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential python-rosdep python-catkin-tools

To compile from source, you need to clone the source code in a new or existing catkin workspace, use rosdep to install dependencies and finally compile the workspace using catkin. The following commands demonstrate this procedure in a newly created catkin workspace.


Since version 0.6, Parrot ARSDK, the main underlying dependency of bebop_autonomy is not build inline anymore. Instead, the slightly patched and catkinized version of it, called parrot_arsdk, is fetched as a dependency during the rosdep install step below. This dramatically decreases the compile time of the package compared to previous versions (e.g. from ~15 minutes to less than a minute on a modern computer). If you are re-compiling from source, you need to clean your workspace first: $ catkin clean [-y].

# Create and initialize the workspace
$ mkdir -p ~/bebop_ws/src && cd ~/bebop_ws
$ catkin init
$ git clone src/bebop_autonomy
# Update rosdep database and install dependencies (including parrot_arsdk)
$ rosdep update
$ rosdep install --from-paths src -i
# Build the workspace
$ catkin build -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo