Gentoo Linux Installation Instructions

SVN Based Install (download-and-compile)


sudo mkdir -p /etc/portage
sudo bash -c 'echo app-portage/gentoolkit >> /etc/portage/package.keywords'
sudo bash -c 'echo dev-python/setuptools >> /etc/portage/package.keywords'
sudo emerge -u pyyaml cmake subversion mercurial gentoolkit setuptools layman sudo
sudo layman -f
sudo layman -a lorelei
sudo bash -c 'echo source /var/lib/layman/make.conf >> /etc/make.conf'
sudo bash -c 'echo media-libs/assimp >> /etc/portage/package.keywords'
sudo bash -c 'echo media-libs/freeimage >> /etc/portage/package.keywords'


The following lines will download the ROS source code using the rosinstall tool, and bootstrap the installation. The installation downloads all ROS stacks in subdirectories inside the ~/ros directory, one subdirectory for each stack in the rosinstall file.

First install rosinstall using pip (advanced options for pip):

  • sudo pip install -U rosinstall vcstools

There are many different libraries and tools in ROS. We provided four default configurations to get you started.

  • Desktop-Full Install: (Recommended): ROS Full, rviz, robot-generic libraries, 2D/3D simulators, navigation and 2D/3D perception

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

    Desktop Install: : ROS Full, rviz, and robot-generic libraries

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

    ROS-Full: ROS package, build, communication, and graphical tools.

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

    ROS-Base: (Bare Bones) ROS package, build, and communication libraries.

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

NOTE: the instructions above download all stacks inside the ~/ros folder. If you prefer a different location, simply change the ~/ros in the commands above.

Please reference REP 113 for description of other available configurations.

Environment Setup

Shell language:   Bash     Zsh    

You'll now need to update your environment. You can do this by typing:

source ~/ros/setup.bash

It's convenient if the ROS environment variables are automatically added to your bash session every time a new shell is launched, which you can do with the command below:

echo "source ~/ros/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
. ~/.bashrc

For Zsh users, change the last line of ~/ros/setup.zsh to

source $ROS_ROOT/tools/rosbash/roszsh

before running source ~/ros/setup.zsh Similarly, have the setup script called at the start of each new shell session with

echo "source ~/ros/setup.zsh" >> ~/.zshrc
. ~/.zshrc


If you're having trouble getting rviz to run, take a look at this question


Now, to test your installation, please proceed to the ROS Tutorials.

Wiki: electric/Installation/Gentoo (last edited 2011-10-17 03:05:45 by AustinHendrix)