ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy call for testing and package releases

Hi all,

The ROS 2 team is preparing for the release of Foxy Fitzroy and we’d like to invite you to help us by testing out the pre-release or releasing your own packages to Foxy.

Testing the pre-release

ROS 2 is available with multiple RMW implementations on multiple platforms and architectures. Depending on your system configuration, you can help us out by doing any of the following:

  • Building ROS 2 from source on your preferred platform. Instructions are here.

  • Install and use the ROS 2 Ubuntu Focal packages. Instructions can be found here. If you want to install all packages while ignoring debug symbol packages:

    sudo apt install $(apt-cache search 'ros-foxy-.*' | awk '/dbgsym/ { next; } { print $1; }')
  • Install and use the binary archives (Ubuntu 20.04, Windows 10, macOS Mojave). Instructions are here.

  • Try out some of the new tutorials with one or more different RMW implementations

If you run into problems, all the usual recommendations apply. You can ask questions on with the foxy tag or report issues on or the relevant package repository. Be sure to follow the contributing guidelines and issue templates.

Releasing your packages

If you maintain a package you would like to release in ROS 2 Foxy we encourage you to do so by following the guide to releasing a ROS 2 package with bloom. For Foxy, the minimum required version of bloom is 0.9.7.

Known issues

Here are some known issues/tasks that are planned to be resolved before Foxy is released:

The ROS 2 Team


Can’t wait! Good job everyone!

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