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tf2_ros buffer transform PointStamped?

asked 2016-12-05 15:08:21 -0500

lucasw gravatar image

updated 2020-11-21 11:33:01 -0500

I'd like to transform a PointStamped using a python tf2_ros.Buffer, but so far I'm only getting type exceptions. The following example a point with only a y component is supposed to be trivially transformed into the frame it is already in:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import rospy
import sys
import tf2_ros

from geometry_msgs.msg import PointStamped

if __name__ == '__main__':
    tf_buffer = tf2_ros.Buffer()
    tf_listener = tf2_ros.TransformListener(tf_buffer)

    pt = PointStamped()
    pt.header.stamp =
    pt.header.frame_id = "map"
    pt.point.x = 0.0
    pt.point.y = 1.0
    pt.point.z = 0.0

        pt2 = tf_buffer.transform(pt, "map")
    except:  # tf2_ros.buffer_interface.TypeException as e:
        e = sys.exc_info()[0]


This results in:

[ERROR] [/transform_point_tf2] [./]:[27] [<class 'tf2_ros.buffer_interface.TypeException'>]

If PointStamped isn't the right type, then what type can I use?

To do this manually I'm currently doing this:

            trans = self.tf_buffer.lookup_transform("map", target_frame,

            quat = [trans.transform.rotation.x,
            mat = tf.transformations.quaternion_matrix(quat)
            pt_np = [pt.point.x,
            pt_in_map_np =, pt_np)

            pt_in_map.x = pt_in_map_np[0]
            pt_in_map.y = pt_in_map_np[1]
            pt_in_map.z = pt_in_map_np[2]
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Could you post the output of tf_buffer.registration.print_me()?

jsanch2s gravatar image jsanch2s  ( 2016-12-05 15:45:14 -0500 )edit

In this example it is {}

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2016-12-05 15:58:21 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-01-30 12:10:39 -0500

J. Bromley gravatar image

The code that registers transforms is in tf2_geometry_msgs. The following code will allow you to call the BufferInterface.transform function.

import tf2_ros
from tf2_geometry_msgs import PointStamped
from geometry_msgs.msg import Point


# Let src_pt be the point you want to transform.
tf_buf = tf2_ros.Buffer()
tf_listener = tf2_ros.TransformListener(tf_buf)
target_pt = tf_buf.transform(src_pt, "target_frame")

Note that you should not include a leading slash in the name of the target frame.

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answered 2016-12-05 16:08:24 -0500

jsanch2s gravatar image

Note: This is not really an answer but it was too long for a comment, sorry.

As I understand it, Buffer inherits from BufferInterface, where it uses TransformRegistration (also defined in the same file) to check if a type is supported, in this case PointStamped. Specifically, it uses the method get to check if that type is supported. Since the output you posted is an empty dictionary, I'm assuming there are no supported types.

They also define an add method that requires the type and a callback (no idea where to get this callback, though).

Perhaps the authors of this package can provide an insight?

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