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vapor_master 0.5.0


Vapor is a high availibility rosmaster implementation

Build Status Snap Status


Vapor-master is a drop in replacement for rosmaster enabling high availability ROS service discovery. Vapor removes the single point of failure fundamental to ROS1 enabling new options for achieving greater scale and uptime of ROS1 workflows.


Vapor is available as a catkin package, debian package and Ubuntu Snap. We recommend consuming vapor via the debian package or Ubuntu Snap.


A requirement of vapor is that you have installed and configured mongodb for your environment. For local testing you can simply run:

  • sudo apt install mongodb


Vapor does not strictly require a ROS installtion, it can simply be run as a micro service if so desired.

Debian Package

NOTE: We are still awaiting the next rosdistro sync for Melodic, you can follow sync status here

Snap Package

Get it from the Snap Store

Vapor can be installed either by visiting the Ubuntu Snap store above or with the following command

  • snap install vapor-master

Once installed the snap runs as a daemon until stopped using:

  • snap stop vapor-master

To re-start simply:

  • snap start vapor-master

You can manually start vapor for:

  • snap run vapor-master

You can debug by seting the DEBUG environment variable:

  • DEBUG=* snap run vapor-master

All command line flags are accessible via the snap as well:

  • snap run vapor-master --help


Vapor can be configured in four ways with highest precedence in order:

  1. Command line flags
  2. Configuration file
  3. Environment variables
  4. Defaults

Command Line Flags

Usage vapor-master

Configuration File

Vapor looks for configuration files in:

  • The file defined in the command line flag --config
  • $SNAP_COMMON/config.json
    • If $SNAP_COMMON is defined
  • $HOME/.vapor-master/config.json
    • If $HOME is defined
  • ./config.json
    • If neither $SNAP_COMMON or $HOME are defined

Environment Variables

  • $clean-db
  • $no-clean-db
  • $no-shutdown
  • $db=[mongodb-uri]
  • $dboptions={[mongo-db-options]}


  • clean-db: true
  • db: mongodb://localhost:27017/vapor_master
  • ROS_MASTER_URI: http://localhost:11311


To develop you will need to install

  • nodejs
  • yarn
  • ROS Melodic

To interactively develop run:

yarn watch


To run tests, first run catkin_make in the tests/native_client folder, and then source the file tests/native_client/devel/setup.bash.

Then run:

yarn test


  • Support snap configuration
  • Write Tutorials
  • Complete ROS API implementation
    • Database availability as ROS Topic
    • Vapor instance as ROS Topic
    • Rosgraph outage reporting as Topic and Action
  • hot-swap support
    • Detect and report lost mongo replicas
    • Automatic db replicaset expansion
  • rosout leader election
  • Autostart via systemd on Ubuntu/debian

Further Reading


Should you need professional support, contact us.


Vapor is open source software developed by RosHub Inc.

  • Philetus Weller
  • Nick Zatkovich
  • Alan Meekins


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