Isaac ROS RealSense Setup

Camera Compatibility

RealSense Model






For best results, you must update the camera’s firmware.

Setup Instructions


This tutorial assumes that you have completed following the instructions Developer Environment Setup.

  1. Clone the librealsense repository and setup udev rules. Remove any connected RealSense cameras when prompted:

cd /tmp && \
git clone && \
cd librealsense && \
  1. Clone the isaac_ros_common and the 4.51.1 release of the realsense-ros repository:


${ISAAC_ROS_WS} is defined to point to /ssd/workspaces/isaac_ros-dev/ or ~/workspaces/isaac_ros-dev/.

cd ${ISAAC_ROS_WS}/src
git clone
git clone -b 4.51.1
  1. Plug in your RealSense camera before launching the Docker container in the next step.

  2. Configure the container created by isaac_ros_common/scripts/ to include librealsense. Create the .isaac_ros_common-config file in the isaac_ros_common/scripts directory:

cd ${ISAAC_ROS_WS}/src/isaac_ros_common/scripts && \
touch .isaac_ros_common-config && \
echo CONFIG_IMAGE_KEY=ros2_humble.realsense > .isaac_ros_common-config
  1. Launch the Docker container:

cd ${ISAAC_ROS_WS}/src/isaac_ros_common && \
./scripts/ ${ISAAC_ROS_WS}

This rebuilds the container image using Dockerfile.realsense in one of its layered stage. Rebuilding can take several minutes.

  1. After the container image is rebuilt and you are inside the container, you can run realsense-viewer to verify that the RealSense camera is connected.


If you turn on the “Stereo Module” in the GUI, you should see something like the following: