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JdeRobot robotics and computer vision technology that rocks and matters!

This is the official web page of the JdeRobot project, a software framework for developing applications in robotics and computer vision. Also in home automation and scenarios with sensors, actuators and intelligent software in between.


  • A new framework for teaching robotics to children is being used in two courses: JdeRobot kids. It is based on Arduino (mbot robot) and Python.
  • The registration is open for the 2nd edition of (online or in-person) Robot Programming course (autonomous cars) (Spanish). It will start on March 3rd, 2017.
  • The last stable release, JdeRobot 5.4.1, has been released (2016/10/26).
  • Drone Programming Challenge (Spanish) was successfully celebrated (2016/04/08). Follow the video of the finals, the participants programmed a drone (cat) in Python to search and pursue a moving target (mouse).

Videos of the month

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Real mbot robot is now fully supported in JdeRobot-Kids (more) JdeRobot starts using ROS drivers,
here with a Kobuki robot and the Bump&Go automatata of TeachingRobotics

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JdeRobot is a software development suite for robotics and computer vision applications. These domains include sensors (for instance, cameras), actuators, and intelligent software in between. It has been designed to help in programming such intelligent software. It is mostly written in C++ language and provides a distributed component-based programming environment where the application program is made up of a collection of several concurrent asynchronous components. Components may run in different computers and they are connected using ICE communication middleware. Components may be written in C++, Python, Java... and all of them interoperate through explicit ICE interfaces.

JdeRobot simplifies the access to hardware devices from the control program. Getting sensor measurements is as simple as calling a local function, and ordering motor commands as easy as calling another local function. The platform attaches those calls to remote invocations on the components connected to the sensor or the actuator devices. They can be connected to real sensors and actuators or simulated ones, both locally or remotely using the network. Those functions build the API for the Hardware Abstraction Layer. The robotic application get the sensor readings and order the actuator commands using that API to unfold its behavior. Several driver components have been developed to support different physical sensors, actuators and simulators. Currently supported robots and devices:

  • RGBD sensors: Kinect and Kinect2 from Microsoft, Asus Xtion
  • Wheeled robots: Kobuki (TurtleBot) from Yujin Robot and Pioneer from MobileRobotics Inc.
  • ArDrone quadrotor from Parrot
  • Laser Scanners: LMS from SICK, URG from Hokuyo and RPLidar
  • Gazebo simulator
  • Firewire cameras, USB cameras, video files (mpeg, avi...), IP cameras (like Axis)

JdeRobot includes several robot programming tools and libraries. First, viewers and teleoperators for several robots, its sensors and motors. Second, a camera calibration component and a tunning tool for color filters. Third, VisualHFSM tool for programming robot behavior using hierarchical Finite State Machines. And several more. In addition, it also provides a library to develop fuzzy controllers, a library for projective geometry and computer vision processing.

Each component may have its own independent Graphical User Interface or none at all. Currently, GTK and Qt libraries are supported, and several examples of OpenGL for 3D graphics with both libraries are included.

JdeRobot is open-source software, licensed as GPL and LGPL. It also uses third-party software like Gazebo simulator, ROS, OpenGL, GTK, Qt, Player, Stage, GSL, OpenCV, PCL, Eigen, Ogre. It is ROS compatible!.


The last stable release is 5.4.2

We are working on:

  • Compatibility with ROS robotics middleware: interoperation between ROS nodes and JdeRobot components, use of ROS drivers, use of ROS bag files...
  • Improving visualHFSM tool: it allows visual programming of the robot intelligence with Finite State Machines. It creates a C++ or a Python component from the visual description of the automata.
  • Improving our on-line manual
  • Teaching Robotics with JdeRobot: a framework to teach robotics with drones, autonomous cars... and computer vision. It is a collection of Python programmed exercises.
  • Teaching Robotics with JdeRobot-kids: a framework to teach robotics to children using Python and Arduino robots.
  • Update of underlying infrastructure: jump to Ubuntu 16.04, OpenCV-3, migration to Gazebo-7 simulator (revisit existing plugins and models), PCL-1.8, ICE-3.6, Python-3.5... and update of binary debian packages
  • Integrating Web technologies: ICE-JS, WebRTC, html5... Web viewers for our robots.

JdeRobot License

Gplv3.png All the source code of JdeRobot project is licensed under GPL v3.

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