Python Robotics - Getting Started with ROS


Robot Operating System (ROS) is a flexible framework for writing robot software. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how to get started with Python robotics using ROS. You'll learn about ROS concepts, setting up your development environment, and creating basic robot applications using Python.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • ROS Installation: Install ROS on your development machine. You can refer to the official ROS documentation for installation instructions.
  • Python Knowledge: Basic knowledge of Python programming is essential.
  • Linux Environment: ROS is typically used on Linux, so familiarity with a Linux environment is helpful.

Step 1: Understanding ROS Concepts

Start by understanding key ROS concepts, such as nodes, topics, and messages.

Sample ROS Node

Create a simple ROS node in Python to get started:

# Example ROS Python node
import rospy
def simple_ros_node():
rospy.init_node('simple_node', anonymous=True)
rate = rospy.Rate(10) # 10Hz
while not rospy.is_shutdown():
rospy.loginfo("Hello, ROS!")
if __name__ == '__main__':
except rospy.ROSInterruptException:

Step 2: Setting Up Your Environment

Set up your development environment, source your ROS workspace, and configure your Python environment for ROS.

Sample Environment Setup

Source your ROS workspace and set up your Python environment:

source /opt/ros/melodic/setup.bash
source ~/your_ros_workspace/devel/setup.bash


Getting started with Python robotics and ROS is an exciting journey into the world of robotics development. This guide has introduced you to the basics, but there's much more to explore as you dive into robotics applications, sensor integration, and robot control with Python and ROS.