plot ros topic in python code

asked 2013-11-17 19:56:56 -0500

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updated 2017-03-17 19:45:04 -0500

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Hi Is it possible to plot values from a ros topic in python ? For example I want to leverage matplotlibs draw function and look at more than one topic as well as add some values of my own on the graph I know I could use rqt plot but that means I have to plot evening outside of my code as well as publish whatever extra values I want to a topic and then use rqt plot to plot those too.

I want to be able to plot stuff in the callback for the topic I subscribed to or something similar so data is updated the second I get it.

For example I subscribed to the odometry topic (msg type nav_msgs/Odometry) and want to plot the x y z of the position. I haven't been able to plot data as it comes.

What I have been able to do is the following: Collect all my data in a vector and then plot it at the end

Here's my plotting function:

  def plot_odom(self):

    x = []
    y = []
    print "in plot_odom"
    for odomx in self.odom_vec:
      #print "x ", x
      #print "y ", y

This seems to work okay in terms of giving an animation which is similar to what I would want if this were in the callback function.

I hope I've been able to explain myself well.

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Yes, it is. Just subscribe to it and then draw it. Could you be more specific of what you are looking for in addition?

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-11-17 22:06:26 -0500 )edit

I updated my question. I hope its better explained now. Thanks dornhege

canatan gravatar image canatan  ( 2013-11-18 03:37:37 -0500 )edit