Gazebo Classic End-Of-Life & ROS 2 Jazzy

Gazebo Classic End-Of-Life & ROS 2 Jazzy

tl;dr: Gazebo Classic goes end-of-life in January of 2025 and ROS 2 Jazzy will not support Gazebo Classic. We strongly recommend all users migrate from Gazebo 11 (Classic) to modern Gazebo (formerly known as Ignition) before January 2025. If you are still using Gazebo Classic with ROS 2 you will need to upgrade to a modern Gazebo release to use ROS 2 Jazzy Jalisco.

Late last year Gazebo Classic 11 was removed from Debian Testing and Unstable when it stopped building from source in their distribution. With this change in Debian, future releases of Debian and Ubuntu will not have Gazebo Classic available, including the upcoming Debian Bookworm and Ubuntu 24.04 Nobel Numba releasest. OSRF will maintain Gazebo Classic 11 support on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal) until the Gazebo 11 end of life in January 2025. Gazebo 11.10.2 is also available in Ubuntu Jammy directly from Ubuntu repositories. A full list of Gazebo Classic versions, and their support lifetimes, can be found on the Gazebo Downloads page.

ROS 2 Iron Irwini on Ubuntu 22.04 will be the last ROS release with an associated version of Gazebo Classic (Gazebo 11). ROS 2 Iron has official binary support for Gazebo Fortress, but due to conflicts with the Ubuntu version of Gazebo Classic, Gazebo Harmonic and Gazebo Garden are only supported when built from source. For more information see the Gazebo and ROS 2 compatibility matrix. For more information regarding what versions of ROS are supported on which operating systems please refer to REP-2000.

The next ROS 2 LTS release, Jazzy Jalisco, is scheduled for release on May 23rd, 2024. ROS 2 Jazzy will target Gazebo Harmonic, and there will be no official Gazebo Classic support. Package maintainers depending on Gazebo Classic should consider a deprecation plan for Gazebo Classic support in ROS 2 Iron.

We understand that migration can be a difficult process. To aid the ROS & Gazebo communities with upgrading we’ve created a migration guide that walks you step-by-step through the process. The Gazebo core maintenance team will hold regular Gazebo migration office hours to assist the community with migration. If you need help planning your migration, or have a specific question about migration, please swing by our office hours. Details for the next office hours are below:

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