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How to use/install OpenCV with Indigo?

asked 2015-10-13 21:43:05 -0500


I know that this question have been asked so many times and I have seen many threads about this topic but still I haven't found a tutorial or a thread that answer these questions:

  • In order to use ROS Indigo with OpenCV, do I have to install OpenCV separately? if so, which version?
  • Is there is a problem if I install first ROS and then OpenCV? or the other way around? which is the right way?
  • Then, how do I link the OpenCV libraries in ROS code?

I also found this thread:

where @fergs says that the right way to do it is using the system OpenCV rather than the one built for ROS. I believe that opencv2 is the one built for ROS and libopencv-dev is the OpenCV system. Then my question is: If I haven't installed OpenCV and I have ROS Indigo installed in my computer then what are the steps I need to do in order to use OpenCV with Indigo in the right way?

I forget to mention that I also downloaded and compiled vision_opencv to use cv_bridge believing that with that I could use some OpenCV's functions without the need to install the OpenCV system. Now I believe that the cv_bridge package needs OpenCV system in order to work and cv_bridge it is just a package that is used as a bridge between ROS and OpenCV.


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answered 2015-10-14 02:15:05 -0500

Just running

sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-cv-bridge

should give you a working opencv install (and the cv-bridge ROS integration). A fairly minimal example of usage:

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Yes but is this the OpenCV version built for ROS? if yes, does it have all the same libraries as the system OpenCV?

andrestoga gravatar image andrestoga  ( 2015-10-20 01:04:18 -0500 )edit

Have you found any solution? I have installed Kinetic and looking for how to work with opencv. I have libopencv-dev in the cache (not yet installed ). I would like to check if the version I have is working properly with ROS. Should I download it ? and how do I proceed to check if it's working fine?

sam26 gravatar image sam26  ( 2017-03-31 07:00:29 -0500 )edit

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