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Learning ROS for Robotics Programming by Enrique Fernández, Aaron Martinez

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rqt plugins versus rx applications

Since ROS Fuerte, the rx applications or tools are deprecated and we should instead use the rqt nodes. They are basically the same, only with a few of them incorporated with small updates, bug fixes, and new features. Also, they can be loaded as plugins into a single window/application, which is rqt_gui. We show the equivalent for the tools shown in this chapter in the following list:

  • rxconsole is replaced by rosrun rqt_console rqt_console
  • rxgraph is replaced by rosrun rqt_graph rqt_graph
  • rxplot is replaced by rosrun rqt_plot rqt_plot
  • rxbag is replaced by rosrun rqt_bag rqt_bag

Furthermore, being plugins that can also be run standalone, there exist more tools, such as a shell, a topic publisher, and a message type ...

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