I have ROS2/Python/Gazebo project, and I use robot localization like this:

    robot_localization_node = Node(
            os.path.join(def_bringup_dir, 'config', 'temp.yaml'),
            {'use_sim_time': use_sim_time }

I only have /odom and /imu in my yaml file.

Now, if I set use_sim_time to False, I can see filtered odometry messages. If set to True - no messages.

I have checked all other nodes, looks like they have use_sim_time set to True.

I understand that "something is wrong", but I would appreciate any suggestions in terms "where to look".

=========== Update

I think I was able to narrow it: /clock isn't being published.

Here is how I launch Gazebo:

gazebo_node = ExecuteProcess( cmd=['gazebo', '--verbose', world, '-s', 'libgazebo_ros_factory.so', '--use-sim-time'], output='screen')

Still no idea how to fix it. –

===== More Updates

Even more info, maybe someone can suggest:

gazebo_node = ExecuteProcess(
    cmd=['gazebo', '--verbose', world, '-s', 
        'libgazebo_ros_factory.so', '-r' '-sim-time'],

# ros2_node = ExecuteProcess(
#         cmd=['ros2', 'param', 'set', '/gazebo', 'use_sim_time', use_sim_time],
#         output='screen')
# arrNodes.append(ros2_node)

# Replaced by a single call below
# start_gazebo_server_cmd = ExecuteProcess(
#     cmd=['gzserver', '-s', 'libgazebo_ros_init.so', world, '-r' '-sim-time'],
#     cwd=[def_launch_dir], output='screen')
# arrNodes.append(start_gazebo_server_cmd)

If comments are switched, i.e. if I start client and server separately, /clock is published. Though, RViz doesn't receive robot position, and shows white outline, instead of a model.

I would definitely like to make first (combined) approach work, but not sure how to make it publish /clock

  • $\begingroup$ Updated above code with new info $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 14:20

2 Answers 2


I think you need to start the ros gazebo bridge:

ros2 run ros_gz_bridge parameter_bridge /clock@rosgraph_msgs/msg/Clock[ignition.msgs.Clock

Depending on the Gazebo version, you might need to change ignition.msgs.Clock to gz.msgs.Clock in above command, due to the rename of 'Ignition Gazebo' to 'Gazebo Sim'.


  • $\begingroup$ I'll try, thank you. Yet, note that when I call client and server separately, /clock is published. Which means that maybe there is a direct approach, like some argument that I don't know about. $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ BTW, I have Gazebo multi-robot simulator, version 11.11.0: does it use bridge? I thought it doesn't. $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 18:39
  • $\begingroup$ And I use ROS2 Galactic. $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ I mean, I think it should work without bridge - am I correct? $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ I was referring to Gazebo Sim, i.e. "New Gazebo". Gazebo 11 is "Gazebo Classic". Not sure if it also needs the bridge... $\endgroup$
    – JRTG
    Sep 25, 2023 at 19:09

Funny error. In lidar, base frame was set to base_footprint, instead of base_link. No idea why it blocks publishing /clock, but...

The working project can be downloaded at robotics.snowcron.com


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