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ROS 2 Bouncy Bolson (codename ‘bouncy’; June 2018)

Welcome to the latest release of ROS 2 software named Bouncy Bolson!

Supported Platforms

This version of ROS 2 is supported on four platforms (see REP 2000):

  • Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic)
    • Debian packages for amd64 as well as arm64
  • Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial)
    • no Debian packages but building from source is supported
  • Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Windows 10 with Visual Studio 2017

Binary packages as well as instructions for how to compile from source are provided (see install instructions as well as documentation).

Features

New features in this ROS 2 release

  • New launch system featuring a much more capable and flexible Python API.
  • Parameters can be passed as command line arguments to C++ executables.
  • Static remapping via command line arguments.
  • Various improvements to the Python client library.
  • Support for publishing and subscribing to serialized data. This is the foundation for the upcoming work towards a native rosbag implementation.
  • More command line tools, e.g. for working with parameters and lifecycle states.
  • Binary packages / fat archives support three RMW implementations by default (without the need to build from source):
    • eProsima’s FastRTPS (default)
    • RTI’s Connext
    • ADLINK’s OpenSplice

For an overview of all features available, including those from earlier releases, please see the Features page.

Changes since the Ardent release

Changes since the Ardent Apalone release:

  • The Python package launch has been redesigned. The previous Python API has been moved into a submodule launch.legacy. You can update existing launch files to continue to use the legacy API if a transition to the new Python API is not desired.
  • The ROS topic names containing namespaces are mapped to DDS topics including their namespaces. DDS partitions are not being used anymore for this.
  • The recommended build tool is now colcon instead of ament_tools. This switch has no implications for the code in each ROS 2 package. The install instructions have been updated and the read-the-docs page describes how to map an existing ament_tools call to colcon.
  • The argument order of this rclcpp::Node::create_subscription() signature has been modified.

Known Issues