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[ROS2] Start rosbag2 recording from launch file

asked 2020-01-14 10:15:04 -0500

tlaci gravatar image


With the

ros2 bag record

command I can easily start recording data to a bag file. Is it possible the start recording in with a launch file? I would like to start some nodes from this launch file and start recording, as well.

Thanks for your help.

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answered 2020-01-17 11:48:03 -0500

jacobperron gravatar image

You should be able to launch the ros2 bag record command as an executable. For example, recording all topics:

import launch

def generate_launch_description():
    return launch.LaunchDescription([
            cmd=['ros2', 'bag', 'record', '-a'],

and the XML equivalent if you are using ROS Eloquent or newer:

  <executable cmd="ros2 bag record -a" output="screen" />
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Is anyone else experiencing an issue with this? When I ctrl-c the launch bag always dies.

The launch file:

def generate_launch_description():
    return LaunchDescription([
    ExecuteProcess(cmd=['ros2', 'bag', 'record', '-a'], output='screen', log_cmd=True),

On ctrl-c:

[ERROR] [ros2-2]: process has died [pid 40507, exit code 2, cmd 'ros2 bag record -a'].

And the tables in the sqlite database seem corrupt.

justinberi gravatar image justinberi  ( 2021-05-25 18:54:57 -0500 )edit

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