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Register ROS 2 custom messages with MATLAB



    ros2RegisterMessages(genDir) registers custom messages with MATLAB®. Use this function to register the custom messages generated on another computer running on the same platform and same version of MATLAB.


    The ros2RegisterMessages function allows sharing of the custom messages on different machines running on the same platform only. Use the ros2genmsg function on the new platform if the machines are running on different platforms.


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    In this example, you create ROS 2 custom messages in MATLAB® and share them on another machine running on the same platform and same version of MATLAB®. You must have a ROS 2 package that contains the required msg file, as this figure shows.

    Open a new MATLAB session and create a custom message package folder in a local folder. Specify a short folder path when you generate custom messages on a Windows machine to avoid limitations on the number of characters in the folder path. For example,

    genDir = fullfile('C:/Work/ros2CustomMessages').

    genDir = fullfile(pwd,'ros2CustomMessages');
    packagePath = fullfile(genDir,'simple_msgs');

    Create a folder named msg inside the custom message package folder.


    Create a file named .msg inside the msg folder.

    messageDefinition = {'int64 num'};
    fileID = fopen(fullfile(packagePath,'msg', ...

    Create a folder named srv inside the custom message package folder.


    Create a file named .srv inside the srv folder.

    serviceDefinition = {'int64 a'
                         'int64 b'
                         'int64 sum'};
    fileID = fopen(fullfile(packagePath,'srv', ...

    Generate the custom messages from the ROS 2 definitions in .msg and .srv files as a shareable ZIP archive.

    Identifying message files in folder 'C:/Work/ros2CustomMessages'.Done.
    Validating message files in folder 'C:/Work/ros2CustomMessages'.Done.
    [1/1] Generating MATLAB interfaces for custom message packages... Done.
    Running colcon build in folder 'C:/Work/ros2CustomMessages/matlab_msg_gen/win64'.
    Build in progress. This may take several minutes...
    Build log
    Generating zip file in the folder 'C:/Work/ros2CustomMessages'.Done.

    Copy the generated custom messages in the ZIP archive to the target computer and register it using the ros2RegisterMessages function.


    Run ros2 msg list on the target computer to view the custom messages for using in the workflow.

    Input Arguments

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    Path to the folder that contains file, specified as a string scalar or a character vector. These folders contain a folder named /msg with .msg files for message definitions and a folder named /srv with .srv files for service definitions.

    Data Types: char | string

    Version History

    Introduced in R2022b

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