convert entire python-based ROS package to a python source or binary distribution
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ROS Freeze

Ros Freeze converts an entire (pure python only) ROS package to a python source or binary distribution which includes all dependencies and ROS components required to run.

This tool has been tested on ROS Electric where it has been used to convert complex python ROS applications with dozens of dependencies to standalone python packages.

An example is included ( that builds a python package containig rospy and all its dependencies, including the core ros command line tools (rostopic, rosnode, etc) and std_msgs.

How to use (simple)

After checking out this repository, use the included ros-freeze-package command

$ ./ros-freeze-package --version 0.3 my_ros_package

the command will try and guess your name and email from your git configuration. you can also set them manually using --author and email. You can also build an egg binary package using --egg.

$ ./ros-freeze-package --egg --version 0.3 my_ros_package

How to use (advanced)

You may wish to integrate ros-freeze into your build system, such as by adding a to your ros package. For example, this allows you to use ros-freeze to build a standalone python package every time you rebuild your ROS package.

examples/ contains is an example file that you may, from this source directory if you wish, modify and use to freeze your ROS package.

Converting a ROS pacakge to a pure python package

  1. modify the included (edit MY_PACKAGE)

  2. freeze the ROS package:

    $ source /path/to/your/ros/
    $ python build
  1. build an egg:

    $ python bdist_egg

Running a complex pure python ROS package

  1. install the frozen ROS package (in a virtual env for example)

  2. roscore is not implemented fully (logging is not supported), but you can run roscore manually:

    $ rosmaster --core -p 11311
  3. you can then run any of the standard command line tools:

    $ rostopic pub /foo std_msgs/String bar
  4. or you can run your ros based application: