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How to install ros on windows? [closed]

asked 2014-07-01 15:28:25 -0500

mysteriousmonkey29 gravatar image

Hello, I am currently running windows 7 and using a virtual machine running ubuntu 12.04 to interact with my hardware via ROS. However, my boss says that he wants me to using ROS on windows (so please don't just respond with "don't use ros on windows," I know it only has expirimental support but I have to try).

Right now I am trying to install ROS on my computer but cannot for the life of me figure out how (it is apparently a lot harder than installing it on linux). If possible, I would like to install ros hydro on my windows 7 operating system, and be able to write and run C++ nodes using microsoft visual C++ (which I already have installed). Does anyone know how I would go about doing this?



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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by mysteriousmonkey29
close date 2014-07-02 11:16:19.127655


To clarify, I'm trying to follow this installation page:, but am getting stuck on the Msvc SDK installation link:, because I don't know whether or not I have to install the python stuff if I'm not gonna use it, and I also don't know how to actually install the sdk-hydro folder after downloading it.

mysteriousmonkey29 gravatar image mysteriousmonkey29  ( 2014-07-01 15:40:42 -0500 )edit

Ok, that seems to have done the trick, thanks.

mysteriousmonkey29 gravatar image mysteriousmonkey29  ( 2014-07-02 11:15:20 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-07-01 16:22:20 -0500

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You need python. The command line tools, RQT and parts of the build system are all written in python.

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