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How do I build ROS VLP16 Velodyne driver for Indigo using Catkin

asked 2016-02-14 11:35:17 -0500

krishnaece1505 gravatar image

Hi, I am a noob to both linux and ROS. I installed ROS indigo and the velodyne stack. Later, I found that the apt-get version does not contain the vlp16_points.launch. I have read other posts in this ROS answers forum discussing about building the velodyne package from source using catkin. There aren't any instructions in the velodyne github page either explaining this procedure. Can someone tell me how to build this package ( ) using catkin_make in Ubuntu? Should I just clone it to a folder and invoke catkin_make from that folder? I really need help regarding this build procedure as I need to get this up running ASAP. Thanks in advance.

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answered 2016-02-15 09:59:53 -0500

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updated 2016-02-15 10:00:34 -0500

First, build a catkin workspace:

$ source /opt/ros/indigo/setup.bash
$ mkdir -p ~/catkin_ws/src
$ cd ~/catkin_ws/src
$ git clone

Install all the dependencies:

$ cd ..
$ rosdep install --from-paths src --ignore-src --rosdistro indigo -y

Then, build everything:

$ catkin_make
$ source devel/setup.bash
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Thank you:) I successfully got the drivers into my Ubuntu machine! But, now I have a problem receiving the UDP packets in the Ubuntu Virtual machine. I will probably post a separate question for that!

krishnaece1505 gravatar image krishnaece1505  ( 2016-02-15 12:01:52 -0500 )edit

Yes, please make that a separate question. Your virtual machine may not be configured correctly. You can use wireshark to see if any packets are being received.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2016-02-15 12:07:30 -0500 )edit

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