How to Set Up MoveIt 2 Docker Containers in Ubuntu
This guide will provide a walkthrough on how to get a Docker container with MoveIt 2 dependencies set up quickly. It includes a docker-compose config file that will get you up and running in MoveIt quickly! This guide is intended for people who would like to have a separate environment for working with MoveIt up and running quickly without having to do much configuring. In this guide, we will be setting up a ROS2 Rolling environment.
How to use
docker composeto run MoveIt 2 Docker containers and tutorials
Install Docker and docker compose (links are available in the Requirements section) and be sure to follow the Linux Post Install instructions. If you do not complete these additional steps you will need to preface all
Open a terminal session and download docker-compose.yml
Launch the container (you may need to hyphenate
docker-composeif using compose V1)
DOCKER_IMAGE=rolling-tutorial docker compose run --rm --name moveit2_container gpu
You can replace
rolling-tutorialwith other tagged images, e.g.
humble-tutorial. Similarly, you can replace
cpuif you do not wish to run using Nvidia GPU drivers and you can change the name of the container by replacing
--rmargument will remove the container when you stop (or exit) it, otherwise you can keep your modified container on disk and start it using
docker start moveit2_container
You should now be inside of your Docker container, in the workspace directory, with the completed Planning Around Objects and Pick and Place with MoveIt Task Constructor tutorials. Go ahead and try one of the launch commands like
ros2 launch moveit2_tutorials demo.launch.py
If you wish to enter the container through another terminal, use:docker exec -it moveit2_container /bin/bash
For more information about Docker best practices with respect to MoveIt, refer to this blog post from PickNik’s Vatan Aksoy Tezer and Brennard Pierce.
You can find more tagged images for MoveIt 2 Docker containers here. The tagged images coincide with ROS2 version releases. The
releaseversion of the container provides an environment in which MoveIt 2 is installed via the binaries. The
sourceversion of the Docker image will build MoveIt 2 from source. You can use any of these images by substituting the DOCKER_IMAGE environment variable with a tag name from the above link (like
rolling-source), but you must use this docker-compose.yml instead (simply copy it to a different location and run your
docker composecommand there).