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Using Dynamixel Motors on Kinetic

asked 2016-07-26 21:10:51 -0600

I am trying to use Dynamixel motors on ROS-kinect. I am giving this command.

khan@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-dynamixel-motor

and getting this response. I am also trying to install it on Raspberry Pi 3 in which I have installed Jessie Kinetic and having the same response which is as follows.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package ros-kinetic-dynamixel-motor

Your response is much appreciated. Thank you.

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answered 2016-07-31 14:14:58 -0600

Marcin Bogdanski gravatar image

updated 2016-08-25 09:24:21 -0600

I got dynamixel package running on Kinetic. It is not in apt-get repository yet.

Just create workspace, do git clone of dynamixel repository, then catkin_make. Don't forget to add appropriate source line to your .bashrc and restart terminal/roscore before using. It should compile without errors on Ubuntu 16.04 (tested on PC only).

Create normal worksapce:

~$ mkdir -p ~/my_workspace/src
~$ cd ~/my_workspace/src
~$ catkin_init_workspace

Clone dynamixel source code and compile:

~$ git clone
~$ cd ~/my_workspace
~$ catkin_make

Add your new worksapce to bashrc and source it (so it is visible to roslaunch)

~$ echo "source ~/my_workspace/devel/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
~$ source ~/.bashrc

Run your shiny new dynamixel manager:

~$ roslaunch dynamixel_tutorials controller_manager.launch

Should work on Ubuntu 16.04

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Oh, dear could you please share the link for that clone and method. I have no idea about it. Thank you so much.

Abdul Mannan gravatar image Abdul Mannan  ( 2016-08-19 07:07:18 -0600 )edit

Hi. Sorry for late reply, I was super busy over last couple days. See edited answer

Marcin Bogdanski gravatar image Marcin Bogdanski  ( 2016-08-25 09:24:31 -0600 )edit

It worked. :). Thank you so Much Marcin Bogdanski.

Abdul Mannan gravatar image Abdul Mannan  ( 2016-08-28 22:23:05 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-07-29 20:53:13 -0600

rajendrant gravatar image

Some of the packages have not yet been released in ROS kinetic. dynamixel-motor is one of them.

Your best bet is to use ubuntu 14.04 + ROS indigo.

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Now dynamixel motor has been released right ?

aaditya_saraiya gravatar image aaditya_saraiya  ( 2017-09-13 02:24:04 -0600 )edit

Hi, I get this error with both kinetic and indigo ??

[FATAL] [WallTime: 1508101261.124235] pan_tilt_port: No motors found.
Abdu gravatar image Abdu  ( 2017-10-15 16:03:51 -0600 )edit

Binaries have been released in kinetic now (14.03.2018), you can install by doing: sudo apt install ros-kinetic-dynamixel-motor

Oscar Lima gravatar image Oscar Lima  ( 2018-03-14 10:14:46 -0600 )edit

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