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Does ROS run on Windows?

asked 2011-02-15 07:59:03 -0600

Alex Bravo gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:09:07 -0600

ngrennan gravatar image

Considering that 90% of desktops are (still) Windows-based, are there plans on making at least some parts of ROS run on that OS?

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answered 2011-02-15 08:19:49 -0600

kwc gravatar image

updated 2017-08-07 07:56:24 -0600

VictorLamoine gravatar image


It is possible to install and use ROS Lunar on Windows 10 thanks to WSL:

This is the best way to use ROS on Windows right now, though it is not perfect.

Efforts are underway to bring ROS to Windows. There is already the custom port done by REC and there should (soon) be mingw compatibility coming from an external contributor. We are working on a longer-term overhaul of the build system to make Windows compatibility possible. It's a large enough effort that we can't make any promises as to when, but we think there's a large enough community now to make this finally happen.

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Any progress on this?

Pablo Iñigo Blasco gravatar image Pablo Iñigo Blasco  ( 2013-12-30 00:48:49 -0600 )edit

I believe it's important to recognise that ROSonWSL is not the same as having a native Win32/64 ROS. WSL does not have the same level of access to Windows resources, so 'driver' components wanting to access hw (usb, gpus for gpgpu fi) will not work (easily).

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2017-08-07 10:08:49 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-02-15 08:21:52 -0600

Chad Rockey gravatar image

updated 2011-02-15 08:22:19 -0600

As far as I am aware, not really. :(

There's been some work getting some parts of RosPy to run a long time ago, and possibly some limited Cygwin success.

Here are some threads from ros-users that discuss this:

This does not mean, however, that Windows systems are entirely useless. We show our Windows users how to use Putty to SSH into the linux computers on our robots and use the command line tools. While they do not get RVIZ or other graphical tools, it still allows them to launch code, echo topics, etc.

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