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ROS 2 Crystal Clemmys Released!



We’re happy to announce the ROS 2 release Crystal Clemmys!

Check out our installation instructions and tutorials and give it a try!

We’re excited to hear your feedback and the applications that this release will enable!

Our ROS 2 distros, they grow up so fast. With the release of Crystal Clemmys we also bid farewell to Ardent Apalone which will retire with 191 packages, and Crystal is debuting with almost 300 (297 to be precise)!

To get an idea of what’s in this release, be sure to read the Crystal release page.

A few features and improvements we would like to highlight in this release:

Crystal Clemmys is the third ROS 2 release and will be supported with bug fixes and platform updates (particularly on rolling dependencies like Windows and MacOS) for one year with support ending in December 2019. While we do aim to keep the API as stable as possible, we can’t guarantee 100% API compatibility between releases. Check the features page and ROS 2 roadmap to evaluate whether or not ROS 2 is ready to be used for your application or if you can switch from ROS 1 to ROS 2 as it will depend on the exact feature set and requirements of your use case.

As always, we invite you to try out the new software, give feedback, report bugs, and suggest features (and contribute code!):

We also invite you to release your ROS 2 packages in Crystal! Here’s a tutorial to do so. A huge thanks to all those who’ve already participated in our pre-release testing and packaging effort.

We would also like to announce the name of the next ROS 2 release scheduled for June 2019:

Dashing Diademata

Your friendly ROS 2 Team

P.S. There’s still a couple of weeks left on the T-Shirt campaign.

New repository URLs for ROS 2
ROS 2 alpha8

So great that it is ready!

On our side, at The Construct we have prepared a web-based system of ROS 2 Crystal so you can start programming for ROS 2 without having to install it in your machine, and use machines other than Linux (like Windows or Mac).

Just point your browser to and create a new project indicating ROS 2 Crystal as the type of project to work with (see gif below).

This web system includes ros1_bridge and ROS Melodic so you can connect your ROS 2 nodes to Gazebo simulations and other ROS 1 programs of yours. We provide some simulations off-the-shelf.

Hope this helps you consider switching your ROS projects to ROS 2!



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Thank you @nuclearsandwich it was my mistake. I have edited the link now pointing to the correct secured web site.


@ricardotellez Is there any feature comparison of this vs AWS Robomaker. Trying to understand the target users and usecases.