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Thomas Schneider edited this page Jun 15, 2018 · 34 revisions

The following two sources for the toolbox are available:

  • building from source
    Depends on a working installation of ROS indigo and a catkin workspace. Binaries will run faster than with the CDE package and all tools are available.

  • CDE package
    This package is the easiest and fastest way to get the toolbox running. All dependencies are packed within this package and no external dependencies are required. The Camera focus and Calibration validator tools aren't available with the CDE-package as they require a native ROS installation.

NOTE: It is recommended to build the toolbox from source using a native ROS installation to make all tools available.

A) Using the CDE package (only 64bit systems)

To remove the necessity of installing ROS and building the toolbox from source, a CDE package is provided that packs the toolbox and all its dependencies in a chroot-like environment. To install this package follow these steps:

  1. Download the most recent package from the Downloads page.

  2. Extract the archive using:

    tar xfvz kalibr.tar.gz

  3. Either you can run the tools directly from the cde-package folder or/and add the package folder to the system path using:

    export PATH="/cde/package/path:$PATH"

    to use the tools more conveniently.

B) Building from source

To build the toolbox from source follow these steps (tested on Ubuntu 14.04 with ROS indigo):

  1. Install ROS indigo
    see for more information

    Example installation on Ubuntu 14.04 and ROS indigo:

    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb trusty main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-desktop python-rosinstall python-rosdep -y
rosdep init
rosdep update
  1. Install the build and run dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install python-setuptools python-rosinstall ipython libeigen3-dev libboost-all-dev doxygen libopencv-dev ros-indigo-vision-opencv ros-indigo-image-transport-plugins ros-indigo-cmake-modules python-software-properties software-properties-common libpoco-dev python-matplotlib python-scipy python-git python-pip ipython libtbb-dev libblas-dev liblapack-dev python-catkin-tools libv4l-dev

    sudo pip install python-igraph --upgrade

  2. Create a catkin workspace

    mkdir -p ~/kalibr_workspace/src
    cd ~/kalibr_workspace
    source /opt/ros/indigo/setup.bash
    catkin init
    catkin config --extend /opt/ros/indigo
    catkin config --merge-devel # Necessary for catkin_tools >= 0.4. catkin config --cmake-args -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release

  3. Clone the source repo into your catkin workspace src folder

    cd ~/kalibr_workspace/src
    git clone

  4. Build the code using the Release configuration. depending on the available memory, you might need to reduce the build threads (e.g. add -j2 to catkin_make)

    cd ~/kalibr_workspace
    catkin build -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -j4

    Grab a coffee, this will take a while...

  5. Once the build is finished you have to source the catkin workspace setup to use Kalibr

    source ~/kalibr_workspace/devel/setup.bash

More information on building with catkin and ROS can be found here.


Please cite the appropriate papers when using this library or parts of it in an academic publication.

  1. Philip J. Guo. (2011). CDE: Run Any Linux Application On-Demand Without Installation. USENIX Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA). homepage
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