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How to add message field in a rosbag

asked 2018-11-15 10:03:59 -0500

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updated 2018-11-15 10:05:59 -0500

I got a rosbag with a number of topics being played. I am interested in adding a Header (more specifically, a frame_id) to the message received so some 3d points in it are automatically displayed in RViz in the correct frame defined.

Is this possible? I know you can iterate a rosbag with the type of loop:

for topic, msg, t in inbag.read_messages():

        if topic == "/desired_topic":


        if topic not in ["/desired_topic"]:


But I don't know how to add a field to the incoming message and save it in a new bag.

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answered 2018-11-15 10:15:16 -0500

The rosbag_storage package described here allows you to access and modify the contents of a bag file without playing it back as you would normally have to. Using this you can look through all of the messages in a bag file and write messages into a bag file too.

However you cannot add a field into a message, the structure of messages is fixed and they can only contain the fields they are defined with. Some message types however include a normal type and 'Stamped' type which is the same message with an additional Header.

For example if your bag file contains geometry_msgs/pose messages then you could read these and create geometry_msgs/PoseStamped with the additional frame_id information in the header and write them back to the file. Only some messages have a stamped version though.

Hope this helps.

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