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How to install ROS on Windows?

asked 2012-08-14 02:40:47 -0500

vamshi krishna gravatar image

updated 2012-08-14 03:19:30 -0500

Lorenz gravatar image


i want to build a robot which autonomously navigates by using ROS.First I want to download ROS into my computer and want to learn how to navigate to a point.I have windows 7 in my pc.

can u tell me how to do it??

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Thank u guys....i will go wid ubuntu den....

vamshi krishna gravatar image vamshi krishna  ( 2012-08-16 21:29:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-08-14 03:00:22 -0500

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Currently Windows support is only experimental. I would recommend you to install an Ubuntu Linux and get familiar with the Ubuntu Package Manager that is used to manage software. Once you have done that, you can proceed to the ROS installation instructions for Ubuntu:

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I second this suggestion - If you're just getting started with ROS, you don't want the headache of using an unsupported operating system. You'll want to set up your machine as a dual boot, following the instructions at It's surprisingly painless.

lindzey gravatar image lindzey  ( 2012-08-14 06:55:54 -0500 )edit

That's definitely a good idea, thanks for mentioning!

michikarg gravatar image michikarg  ( 2012-08-14 23:57:21 -0500 )edit

And I guess once you have discovered the beauty of Linux, you will get rid of your Windows partition ;-)

donald gravatar image donald  ( 2016-06-01 04:04:43 -0500 )edit

After 4 years, are we still in experimental stage?

pallavbakshi gravatar image pallavbakshi  ( 2017-01-19 12:30:41 -0500 )edit

@pallavbakshi here is the best option today, from my understanding ROS Lunar works: ,

VictorLamoine gravatar image VictorLamoine  ( 2017-07-11 08:38:57 -0500 )edit
VictorLamoine gravatar image VictorLamoine  ( 2017-08-07 08:05:34 -0500 )edit

thanks @Victor

pallavbakshi gravatar image pallavbakshi  ( 2017-08-07 08:40:43 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-08-14 02:59:52 -0500

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updated 2012-08-14 03:02:42 -0500

As of now, ROS only has experimental Windows support. You can find out more here:

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