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Passing ROS arguments to nodes via the command-line

All ROS nodes take a set of arguments that allow various properties to be reconfigured. Examples include configuring the name/namespace of the node, topic/service names used, and parameters on the node.

Note: all features on this page are only available as of the ROS 2 Bouncy release.

Name remapping

Names within a node (e.g. topics/services) can be remapped using the syntax <old name>:=<new name>. The name/namespace of the node itself can be remapped using __node:=<new node name> and __ns:=<new node namespace>.

Note that these remappings are “static” remappings, in that they apply for the lifetime of the node. “Dynamic” remapping of names after nodes have been started is not yet supported.

See this design doc for more details on remapping arguments (not all functionality is available yet).


The following invocation will cause the talker node to be started under the node name my_talker, publishing on the topic named my_topic instead of the default of chatter. The namespace, which must start with a forward slash, is set to /demo, which means that topics are created in that namespace (/demo/my_topic), as opposed to globally (/my_topic).

ros2 run demo_nodes_cpp talker __ns:=/demo __node:=my_talker chatter:=my_topic

Passing remapping arguments to specific nodes

If multiple nodes are being run within a single process (e.g. using Composition), remapping arguments can be passed to a specific node using its name as a prefix. For example, the following will pass the remapping arguments to the specified nodes:

ros2 run composition manual_composition talker:__node:=my_talker listener:__node:=my_listener

Logger configuration

See __log_level argument usage in the logging page.


Parameters support for Python nodes was added in Crystal. In Bouncy only C++ nodes are supported.

Setting parameters from the command-line is currently supported in the form of yaml files.

See here for examples of the yaml file syntax. As an example, save the following as demo_params.yaml

        some_int: 42
        a_string: "Hello world"
            some_integers: [1, 2, 3, 4]
            some_doubles : [3.14, 2.718]

Then run the following:

ros2 run demo_nodes_cpp talker __params:=demo_params.yaml

Other nodes will be able to retrieve the parameter values, e.g.:

$ ros2 param list talker