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How can I publish Twist messages to /gazebo node(amcl_demo.launch)

asked 2018-09-06 01:56:36 -0500

Reulix gravatar image

Hello! I'm runnning TurtleBot on rviz, and I want to publish Twist messages to the "/gazebo" node in order to control robot's velocity.

I wrote a publisher as below but it didn't work.
How can I solve this ploblem? Could you tell me please?

my code↓↓

#!/usr/bin/env python
import rospy
from geometry_msgs.msg import Twist
def callback(data):

def main():

if __name__== "__main__":
    except rospy.ROSInterruptException:

rqt_graph Image↓↓(while running "amcl_demo.launch"&"rviz"&"turtlebot_world.launch"&"above code")
rqt_graph(red arrow in this picture shows what I want to do)

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can you post the whole rqt_graph?

Choco93 gravatar image Choco93  ( 2018-09-06 02:21:24 -0500 )edit

Yes, sure. Here you are! all nodes

Reulix gravatar image Reulix  ( 2018-09-06 03:21:29 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-09-06 03:09:40 -0500

Delb gravatar image

There are few mistakes in your code :

  • You shouldn't initialize the publisher inside the callback it can create errors. Initialize it in the main function.

  • You don't have to subscribe to any topic if you only want to publish a speed command.

  • You are trying to publish data on the topic "/gazebo" but it's actually the name of the gazebo node so it cannot work.

  • Since you have a cmd_vel multiplexer you can publish data on the topic /cmd_vel OR /mobile_base/commands/velocity

  • You should set vel_msg.linear.x to some value (1 for example) to directly see your robot moving (it will be easier for you to debug)

It should work fine with those change.

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Thank you for your quick reply!!
Yes, subscriber isn't needed for this purpose, but I just wanted to check how TurtleBot would move😁
Ok I'll try it!

Reulix gravatar image Reulix  ( 2018-09-06 03:32:32 -0500 )edit

as mentioned in answer, publish to /mobile_base/commands/velocity, gazebo is just subscribing to this topic so you shouldn't publish anything to gazebo.

Choco93 gravatar image Choco93  ( 2018-09-06 03:41:51 -0500 )edit

I made a Publisher in main function, set it to publish Twist topics to /mobile_base/commands velocity as you said, and I finally found TurtleBot would move as desired speed!!! Thanks to you, I could solve the problem!

Reulix gravatar image Reulix  ( 2018-09-06 04:05:13 -0500 )edit

I'm glad it worked well ! You can mark the answer as correct if you have no more issue

Delb gravatar image Delb  ( 2018-09-06 04:11:06 -0500 )edit

I did it!😄

Reulix gravatar image Reulix  ( 2018-09-06 04:47:17 -0500 )edit

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