I want to delay a ROS2 Node, This answer is given respect to ROS1:

Whats the equivalent in ROS2. A quick on the fly time.sleep() but for ROS because I know time.sleep() in ros is a nono.


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For ROS 2 node functionality that should run at fixed time intervals, I use a callback that runs on a timer.

The simple C++ publisher tutorial is an example:


Here's an example in Python from:


import rclpy
from rclpy.node import Node

class MyNode(Node):

    def __init__(self):

        # Create a timer that fires every quarter second
        timer_period = 0.25
        self.timer = self.create_timer(timer_period, self.callback)

    def callback(self):
        self.get_logger().info("timer has fired")

I know time.sleep() in ros is a nono.

You can use rate.sleep() from the cookbook above if you need a single or variable delay and you're worried about a sleep call blocking other node functionality. Note the need to inform the thread about the rclpy.spin function if you want rate.sleep() to be nonblocking.

  • $\begingroup$ If I use Node A to make a request to Node B, will rate.sleep() in Node B pause the flow in main thread such that Node A waits until Node B completes finishes its rate.sleep(). (using a future or whatever the condition is)? $\endgroup$
    – nohacks
    Commented Mar 11 at 14:16

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