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What is a Distribution?

See wiki.ros.org/Distributions.

List of Distributions


Release date


EOL date

Eloquent Elusor

Nov 22nd, 2019

Eloquent logo

Nov 2020

Dashing Diademata

May 31st, 2019

Dashing logo

May 2021

Crystal Clemmys

December 14th, 2018

Crystal logo

Dec 2019

Bouncy Bolson

July 2nd, 2018

Bouncy logo

Jul 2019

Ardent Apalone

December 8th, 2017

Ardent logo

Dec 2018


September 13th, 2017

Dec 2017


July 5th, 2017

Sep 2017


December 19th, 2016

Jul 2017

alpha1 - alpha8

August 31th, 2015

Dec 2016

Distribution Details

For details on the distributions see each releases page. For the supported platforms and versions of common dependencies and other considerations, see the official ROS 2 Target Platforms REP 2000.

Future Distributions

For details on upcoming features see the roadmap.

Currently there is a new ROS 2 distribution roughly every 6 months. The following information are best estimates and are subject to change.


Release date

Supported for

Planned changes

Foxy Fitzroy

May 2020

3+ years

Target Ubuntu 20.04


May 2021 ?

The expectation is to release new ROS 2 distributions once per year.