Visual Studio Code Extension for ROS
The Visual Studio Code Extension for ROS provides support for Robot Operating System (ROS) development. Providing an easier and more stream-lined developer experience.
The extension will automatically start when you open a
The build system (e.g. catkin_make or catkin build) will automatically be confirmed from the hidden files associated with
The ROS distro will automatically be confirmed from the parent environment, or you will be prompted to select a ROS
distro if this can't be done automatically.
You must build the catkin workspace at least once before the extension will recognise it.
To start ROS core, you can use the
ROS: Start Core command from the Visual Studio Code command pallet.
ROS Core indicator in the bottom left will show if the core is currently running, and you can click on this taskbar item to view the status of ROS.
The first time you open a ROS workspace the extension will automatically create build and test tasks and update the
C++ and Python paths. You can re-run this process later using the appropriate commands.
- Automatic ROS environment configuration.
- Allows starting, stopping and viewing the ROS core status.
- Automatically discover
catkin build build tasks.
- Create catkin packages using
catkin_create_pkg script or
catkin create pkg.
- Resolve dependencies with
- Syntax highlighting for
.urdf and other ROS files.
- Automatically add the ROS C++ include and Python import paths.
- Format C++ using the ROS
- Preview URDF and Xacro files.
- Debug a single ROS node (C++ or Python) by attaching to the process.
- Debug ROS nodes (C++ or Python) launched from a
You can access the following commands from the Visual Studio Code command pallet.
|ROS: Create Catkin Package
||Create a catkin package. You can right click on a folder in the explorer to create it in a specific location.
|ROS: Create Terminal
||Create a terminal with the ROS environment.
|ROS: Show Core Status
||Open a detail view showing ROS core runtime status.
|ROS: Start Core
||Start ROS core.
|ROS: Stop Core
||Terminate ROS core.
|ROS: Update C++ Properties
||Update the C++ include path to include ROS.
|ROS: Update Python Path
||Update the Python path to include ROS.
|ROS: Preview URDF
||Preview URDF and Xacro files. Updates after changes are saved.
|ROS: Install ROS Dependencies for this workspace using rosdep
rosdep install --from-paths src --ignore-src -r -y.
Reporting Security Issues
Security issues and bugs should be reported privately, via email, to the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive a response within 24 hours. If for some reason you do not, please follow up via email to ensure we received your original message.
Further information, including the MSRC PGP key, can be found in the Security TechCenter.
Data and Telemetry
This extension collects usage data and sends it to Microsoft to help improve our products and services. Read our privacy statement to learn more.
This extension respects the
telemetry.enableTelemetry setting, learn more about this option.
Contributions are always welcome! Please see our contributing guide for more details!
A big Thank you! to everyone that have helped make this extension better!
This extension leverages ROS Web Tools for URDF Previewing.
Russell Toris, Julius Kammerl, David Lu, Jihoon Lee, Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, Sarah Osentoski, Mitchell Wills, and Sonia Chernova. Robot Web Tools: Efficient Messaging for Cloud Robotics. In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015