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Many of the tf tutorials are available for both C++ and Python. The tutorials are streamlined to complete either the C++ track or the Python track. If you want to learn both C++ and Python, you should run through the tutorials once for C++ and once for Python. Note that the general concept itself is explained directly on tf package.

tf is deprecated in favor of tf2. tf2 provides a superset of the functionality of tf and is actually now the implementation under the hood. If you're just learning now it's strongly recommended to use the tf2/Tutorials instead.

Workspace Setup

If you have not yet created a workspace in which to complete the tutorials, click here for some brief instructions .

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Create a file named ~/tutorials.rosinstall with the following content:

- other: { local-name: workspace }

To overlay on the ROS distro you are using:

rosinstall ~/tutorials /opt/ros/$ROS_DISTRO>> ~/tutorials.rosinstall

To use this workspace whenever you open a new terminal setup your ROS environment by typing:

source ~/tutorials/setup.bash

Sourcing this file adds ~/tutorials/workspace to your ROS_PACKAGE_PATH.

Any packages you create in that directory will be found by rospack.

An alternative to source your script file is to add it to your .bashrc, but remember that this will persist in your .bashrc into the future, and you can only have one environment setup. For more on what this is doing see this page

Create a catkin workspace like so:

$ source /opt/ros/$ROS_DISTRO/setup.bash
$ mkdir -p ~/tutorial_ws/src
$ cd ~/tutorial_ws
$ catkin_init_workspace src
$ catkin_make

And now source the setup file from the result-space, so that packages you add to this workspace's src folder will be findable by rospack, and the built binaries by rosrun and roslaunch:

$ source devel/setup.bash

Learning tf



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Debugging tf

  1. Debugging tf problems

Using sensor messages with tf

  1. Using Stamped datatypes with tf::MessageFilter

    This tutorial describes how to use tf::MessageFIlter to process Stamped datatypes.

Setting up your robot with tf

  1. Setting up your robot using tf

    This tutorial provides a guide to set up your robot to start using tf.

  2. Using the robot state publisher on your own robot

    This tutorial explains how you can publish the state of your robot to tf, using the robot state publisher.

  3. Using urdf with robot_state_publisher

    This tutorial gives a full example of a robot model with URDF that uses robot_state_publisher. First, we create the URDF model with all the necessary parts. Then we write a node which publishes the JointState and transforms. Finally, we run all the parts together.

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Video Tutorial (PR2 Beta Workshop)

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