ifm3d_ros on Ubuntu 20.04 and ROS Noetic

Our package ìfm3d-ros, more precisely the ifm3d_ros_driver, depends on the underling C++ API ifm3d. This needs to be installed first.

NOTE: The instructions below apply if you plan to build and install ifm3d from source.
NOTE: For older versions of the ifm3d (0.12.0 <version < 0.17.0) binary Debian packages exist. These don’t contain the latest ifm3d version required for using the O3R camera platform. So please build from source as described below.

For further information about the ifm3d O3R hardware and software please see our developer website.

This article provides a quick-start guide for getting a fresh installation of Ubuntu 20.04 ready for usage with ifm3d-ros and an O3R camera system. As a prerequisite for this article, we assume you already have Ubuntu 20.04 installed (but have done no other configuration). A minimal installation of 20.04 is sufficient for following along below.

  1. Update the baseline Packages of your Ubuntu 20.04:

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get -u upgrade
  2. Install ROS Melodic:
    Follow these steps exactly (we assume you did) and choose to install ros-noetic-desktop-full.

  3. Additional Dependencies:
    There are a few things that we need to install to successfully build from source that we did not get implicitly by installing ROS. The following commands will handle these prerequisites:

    $ sudo apt-get install -y libboost-all-dev \
                        git \
                        libcurl4-openssl-dev \
                        libgtest-dev \
                        libgoogle-glog-dev \
                        libxmlrpc-c++8-dev \
                        libopencv-dev \
                        libpcl-dev \
                        libproj-dev \
                        python3-dev \
                        python3-pip \
                        build-essential \
                        coreutils \
                        findutils \
                        cmake \
                        locales \
                        ninja-build \
  4. Install ifm3d:
    ifm3d is the core underlying C++ driver that ifm3d_ros wraps. To install ifm3d, please follow the instructions here.

    You are now in position to install the ifm3d-ros wrapper. Please switch to the instructions here.