This extension makes it easier to work with catkin-tools.
To some extent, it also allows the usage of colcon as the build tool to use.
- Watches the build directory of the current catkin-tools workspace for changes in
- Implements a C/C++ configuration provider using these compile commands, enabling auto completion
- Provides catkin build tasks for
- Build all packages in the workspace
- Build the package containing the currently open file
- Allows switching between different catkin profiles
- Provides Test Explorer client to handle GTest targets
This extension activates itself only if there is a top level
.catkin_tools directory in any of your opened workspaces.
In a standard catkin layout, this means that an opened workspace should look like the following:
If you do not want to list
devel, etc., we suggest you add them to
your workspace's exclude list in your
The folders for
log spaces can also be called differently, only the
src space is required.
This way, arbitrary catkin profiles are supported.
Setup / Configuration (colcon)
Note: colcon support is rudimentary and needs some setup:
For a colcon workspace, we expected a
colcon.meta file to exist in the workspace
Make sure that your catkin_tools workspace is set up to generate
This can be done by setting the
CMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS flag to ON or 1 and re-building the workspace.
compile_commands.json files are created for each package that is built inside the build folder.
catkin config --cmake-args -DCMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS=ON
If you have any other cmake arguments, please pass them along in the above command, for e.g.
An alternate option is to directly modify the
cmake_args section of the
Make sure to
- use this extension as the configurationProvider for
- use the default intellisense mode.
This can be done by adding the following lines to the
c_cpp_properties.json file in the
This extensions registers itself as TestExplorer adapter.
For this, all
CMakeLists.txt are scanned for keywords hinting at the existence of
CTest based unit tests, e.g.
This is done with a list of regular expressions.
If you have a custom macro for registering tests, you can customize this behavior via the
in your workspace settings will list all
catkin_add_gtest tests and all tests matching
C/C++ Clang Command Adapter compatibility
Using this extension with C/C++ Clang Command Adapter auto completion causes too many symbols to show up in IntelliSense auto completion.
If you are using the extension, we suggest you set the option
in your workspace settings.
You can register catkin build as a build task in the following way.
Tasks: Configure Task >
catkin_build: build or
catkin_build: build current package or
catkin_build: run current package tests
- If a
tasks.json file does not exist, it will be created and a snippet similar to the following will be added. If
tasks.json already exists, configuration settings are added only to the
"label": "catkin_build: build",
- Note: You can add multiple build tasks into a single
tasks.json file by repeating the above steps.
- Note: Make sure that
"group": "build" is present. If not add it. The task will then be available as a build task, i.e it will appear in the drop down menu when you press
- Note: To set a particular task as the default task, modify the
"group": "build" to the following. If this is done, you can no longer choose the build tasks and only the default one will be executed when you press
ctrl+shift+b. If a default build task is not set, you can can choose between the different build tasks available.
catkin_build: build will build all the packages in the workspace.
catkin_build: build current package will only build the package that the currently open file belongs to.
catkin_build: run current package tests will only build the package that the currently open file belongs to and runs tests.