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ROS2 Development with CLion

This is a quick reference note on how to develop ROS2 packages with CLion IDE. The main reference is the official documentation[1].

  • Create your ROS2 workspace and package as usual
$ mkdir -p ros2_ws/src && cd ros2_ws/src
$ ros2 pkg create --build-type ament_cmake sample_package
  • Build the workspace with the "CMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS" option ON. This will generate a JSON compilation database which can be used by CLion to find the dependent files.
$ cd ros2_ws
$ colcon build --symlink-install --cmake-args -DCMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS=ON -G Ninja
  • Source the colcon workspace and launch CLion from the same terminal
$ cd ros2_ws
$ source install/setup.bash
$ clion 
  • Open the project and adjust root directory in CLion, from the main menu
File | Open -> Open File or Project 
-> Select the "compile_commands.json" file -> Open as Project
Tools | Compilation Database | Change Project Root


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