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RHEL (RPM packages)
RPM packages for ROS 2 Rolling Ridley are currently available for RHEL 9. The Rolling Ridley distribution will change target platforms from time to time as new platforms are selected for development. The target platforms are defined in REP 2000. Most people will want to use a stable ROS distribution.
Make sure you have a locale which supports
If you are in a minimal environment (such as a docker container), the locale may be something minimal like
We test with the following settings. However, it should be fine if you’re using a different UTF-8 supported locale.
locale # check for UTF-8
sudo dnf install langpacks-en glibc-langpack-en
locale # verify settings
You will need to enable the EPEL repositories and the PowerTools repository:
sudo dnf install 'dnf-command(config-manager)' epel-release -y
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled crb
This step may be slightly different depending on the distribution you are using. Check the EPEL documentation: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/epel/#_quickstart
Next, download the ROS 2 .repo file:
sudo dnf install curl
sudo curl --output /etc/yum.repos.d/ros2.repo http://packages.ros.org/ros2/rhel/ros2.repo
Then, update your metadata cache.
DNF may prompt you to verify the GPG key, which should match the location
sudo dnf makecache
If you are going to build ROS packages or otherwise do development, you can also install the development tools:
sudo dnf install -y \
# install some pip packages needed for testing and
# not available as RPMs
python3 -m pip install -U --user \
ROS 2 packages are built on frequently updated RHEL systems. It is always recommended that you ensure your system is up to date before installing new packages.
sudo dnf update
Desktop Install (Recommended): ROS, RViz, demos, tutorials.
sudo dnf install ros-rolling-desktop
ROS-Base Install (Bare Bones): Communication libraries, message packages, command line tools. No GUI tools.
sudo dnf install ros-rolling-ros-base
The default middleware that ROS 2 uses is
Fast DDS, but the middleware (RMW) can be replaced at runtime.
See the guide on how to work with multiple RMWs.
Set up your environment by sourcing the following file.
# Replace ".bash" with your shell if you're not using bash
# Possible values are: setup.bash, setup.sh, setup.zsh
If you installed
ros-rolling-desktop above you can try some examples.
In one terminal, source the setup file and then run a C++
ros2 run demo_nodes_cpp talker
In another terminal source the setup file and then run a Python
ros2 run demo_nodes_py listener
You should see the
talker saying that it’s
Publishing messages and the
I heard those messages.
This verifies both the C++ and Python APIs are working properly.
Continue with the tutorials and demos to configure your environment, create your own workspace and packages, and learn ROS 2 core concepts.
Troubleshooting techniques can be found here.
If you need to uninstall ROS 2 or switch to a source-based install once you have already installed from binaries, run the following command:
sudo dnf remove ros-rolling-*