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asked 2011-07-14 03:44:18 -0600

updated 2014-01-28 17:10:02 -0600

ngrennan gravatar image

Does ROS have a way to interactively start-stop nodes? For example - taking a bunch of rosnodes and having a start-stop button next to each and showing their output?

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answered 2011-07-14 08:37:04 -0600

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updated 2011-07-14 10:12:24 -0600

Hi Dimitar,

I just started on something called rxlaunch, which does exactly that. It's still in active development, but may already be useful to you.

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You can get rxlaunch from its kforge page. Just checkout the mercurial repository and run You may also need to install PySide.

Some things that don't work yet (2011-07-14):

  • It doesn't load parameters, so you should roslaunch the launch file first, then use rxlaunch (fixed 2011-07-14)
  • Everything is launched locally
  • It's hard-coded to use the master at http://localhost:11311

When things go wrong, just file a ticket.

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that is great, I might use it in the near future - meanwhile a UI comment: for some processes it might be usefull to see the standard output as part of the rxlaunch gui.
Dimitar Simeonov gravatar image Dimitar Simeonov  ( 2011-07-14 10:58:37 -0600 )edit
Thanks for the feature request--I'll put it on my list
sglaser gravatar image sglaser  ( 2011-07-14 12:47:21 -0600 )edit
Note: I just fixed anonymous checkouts. Just run `hg clone rxlaunch` to get the code
sglaser gravatar image sglaser  ( 2011-07-14 13:02:32 -0600 )edit

I'm making now rqt_launch, a roslaunch GUI based on rqt framework that's introduced since Groovy. As of today only source install is possible (from but will soon be available in debian pkg.

130s gravatar image 130s  ( 2013-02-27 10:52:18 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-07-14 04:24:00 -0600

bhaskara gravatar image

No, it does not.

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