The URDF (U-Robot Description Format) library provides core data structures and a simple XML parsers for populating the class data structures from an URDF file.
For now, the details of the URDF specifications reside on http://ros.org/wiki/urdf
Using with ROS
If you choose to check this repository out for use with ROS, be aware that the necessary
package.xml is not
included in this repo but instead is added in during the ROS release process. To emulate this, pull the appropriate
file into this repository using the following format. Be sure to replace the ALLCAPS words with the apropriate terms:
Installing from Source with ROS Debians
Warning: this will break ABI compatibility with future /opt/ros updates through the debian package manager. This is a hack, use at your own risk.
If you want to install urdfdom from source, but not install all of ROS from source, you can follow these loose guidelines. This is not best practice for installing, but works. This version is for ROS Hydro but should be easily customized for future version of ROS:
sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/include/urdf_parser/ /opt/ros/hydro/include/_urdf_parser/ sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/lib/liburdfdom_model.so /opt/ros/hydro/lib/_liburdfdom_model.so sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/lib/liburdfdom_model_state.so /opt/ros/hydro/lib/_liburdfdom_model_state.so sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/lib/liburdfdom_sensor.so /opt/ros/hydro/lib/_liburdfdom_sensor.so sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/lib/liburdfdom_world.so /opt/ros/hydro/lib/_liburdfdom_world.so sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/lib/pkgconfig/urdfdom.pc /opt/ros/hydro/lib/pkgconfig/_urdfdom.pc sudo mv /opt/ros/hydro/share/urdfdom/cmake/urdfdom-config.cmake /opt/ros/hydro/share/urdfdom/cmake/_urdfdom-config.cmake cd ~/ros/urdfdom # where the git repo was checked out mkdir -p build cd build cmake ../ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/ros/hydro make -j8 sudo make install # now rebuild your catkin workspace cd ~/ros/ws_catkin catkin_make