Jackal UGV Tutorials


These tutorials have been superceded. Find the latest Jackal tutorials at docs.clearpathrobotics.com.

Jackal Robot

This package supplies Sphinx-based tutorial content to assist you with setting up and operating your Jackal mobile robot. The tutorials topics are listed in the left column, and presented in the suggested reading order.


These tutorials assume that you are comfortable working with ROS. We recommend starting with our ROS tutorial if you are not familiar with ROS already.


These tutorials specifically target Jackal robots running Ubuntu 20.04 with ROS Noetic, as it is the standard OS environment for Jackal. If instead you have an older Jackal robot running Ubuntu 18.04 with ROS Melodic, please follow this tutorial to upgrade its OS environment to Ubuntu 20.04 with ROS Noetic.

Simulation is a logical place for most users to start, as this is universally applicable; understanding how to effectively operate Jackal in simulation is valuable whether you are in the testing phase with software you intend to ultimately deploy on a real Jackal, or you do not have one and are simply exploring the platform’s capabilities.

Navigation is a follow-on to what is learned in the simulation tutorial, as navigation and map-making may be run in the simulated environment. However, this content is applicable to both the simulator and the real platform, if equipped with a laser scanner.

The remainder of the subjects are more applicable to the real robot, and have to do with configuring, using, and maintaining the platform. If you are a lab administrator rather than direct platform user, you may wish to skip the introductory chapters and jump straight to these ones.