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VSCode ROS2 Workspace Template

This template will get you set up using ROS2 with VSCode as your IDE.

See how I develop with vscode and ros2 for a more in-depth look on how to use this workspace.

Features

Style

ROS2-approved formatters are included in the IDE.

  • c++ uncrustify; config from ament_uncrustify
  • python autopep8; vscode settings consistent with the style guide

Tasks

There are many pre-defined tasks, see .vscode/tasks.json for a complete listing. Feel free to adjust them to suit your needs.

Take a look at how I develop using tasks for an idea on how I use tasks in my development.

Debugging

This template sets up debugging for python files and gdb for cpp programs. See .vscode/launch.json for configuration details.

Continuous Integration

The template also comes with basic continuous integration set up. See .github/workflows/ros.yaml.

To remove a linter just delete it's name from this line:

      matrix:
          linter: [cppcheck, cpplint, uncrustify, lint_cmake, xmllint, flake8, pep257]

How to use this template

Prerequisites

You should already have Docker and VSCode with the remote containers plugin installed on your system.

Get the template

Click on "use this template"

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Create your repository

On the next dialog, name the repository you would like to start and decide if you want all of the branches, or just the latest LTS: Foxy.

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Github will then create a new repository with the contents of this one in your account. It grabs the latest changes as "initial commit".

Clone your repo

Now you can clone your repo as normal

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Open it in vscode

Now that you've cloned your repo onto your computer, you can open it in VSCode (File->Open Folder).

When you open it for the first time, you should see a little popup that asks you if you would like to open it in a container. Say yes!

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If you don't see the pop-up, click on the little green square in the bottom left corner, which should bring up the container dialog

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In the dialog, select "Remote Containers: Reopen in container"

VSCode will build the dockerfile inside of .devcontainer for you. If you open a terminal inside VSCode (Terminal->New Terminal), you should see that your username has been changed to ros, and the bottom left green corner should say "Dev Container"

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Update the template with your code

  1. Specify the repositories you want to include in your workspace in src/ros2.repos or delete src/ros2.repos and develop directly within the workspace.
    1. If you are using a ros2.repos file, import the contents Terminal->Run Task..->import from workspace file
  2. Install dependencies Terminal->Run Task..->install dependencies
  3. Develop!

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