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How can I use the "joint_state_publisher"-GUI ?

asked 2013-03-11 03:46:21 -0500

viovio gravatar image

updated 2013-03-13 01:40:28 -0500

Hello everybody,

I'm using the Rviz MoveIt Plugin for my 6 Dof - Robot. I created the necessary package via "Moveit Setup Assistant". Unfortunately the interactive markers don’t show up. (see this threat) So I started the Joint_State_Publisher with the "GUI"-parameter on true.

But the slide controls have no influence on my robot. But it shows exactly 5 slide controls for my 5 joints, as described in my urdf.


  1. Do I have to start the joint_state_publisher also with the "robot_description"-parameter?
  2. Do I also need to start the "robot_state_publisher"?

Sorry but I'm a quiet newby at this stuff. What information do you need in order to help me?

Many Thanks in advance viovio

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answered 2013-03-18 07:46:30 -0500

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For the interactive markers to work you need TF to be published and and end-effector to be defined. The TF is done for you as an example if you run demo.launch (latest version of the setup assistant generates that as well) or if you are running gazebo/running on the actual robot. The end-effector needs to be part of the SRDF, but I am actually working on removing this requirement.

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answered 2013-03-13 02:41:50 -0500

felix k gravatar image
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answered 2013-03-13 03:06:53 -0500

definitely you need the robot_state_publisher

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