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can we use RQT inbuilt plugin to create our new custom plugin ?

asked 2020-02-26 05:48:34 -0500

Yogesh Dusane gravatar image


Can we use RQT inbuild plugin like rqt_plot, rqt_steering or their API to build new RQT application/plugin ?

Thanks & Regards Yogesh Dusane

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answered 2020-02-27 03:20:11 -0500

Weasfas gravatar image

updated 2020-02-27 03:21:02 -0500

Hi @Yogesh Dusane,

You can use the RQT functionalities to generate a new plugin for this tool. However the new plugin will only work in the operational environment provided by RQT, thus you will not be able to use it as an independent component.

On the other hand, you have the possibility to generate a package that integrates ROS functionalities and Qt if that is what you want. You can find an example of this set up here.


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any possibility to use rqt_plot, rqt_steering or their API in my own custom plugin for rqt?

Yogesh Dusane gravatar image Yogesh Dusane  ( 2020-02-27 04:04:57 -0500 )edit

I think that is not supported since the plugins are self contained.

A workaround would be to use their implementation into your plugin and add your custom functionalities.

Weasfas gravatar image Weasfas  ( 2020-02-27 04:10:19 -0500 )edit

Thank you for your confirmation.

Yogesh Dusane gravatar image Yogesh Dusane  ( 2020-02-27 04:52:52 -0500 )edit


If you consider the answer proposed good, mark it as correct please.

Weasfas gravatar image Weasfas  ( 2020-02-27 05:55:56 -0500 )edit

Could you please mark the question as answered by ticking the checkmark (✓) to the left of the answer if you feel it has been answered? Thanks.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-02-27 13:43:46 -0500 )edit

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