I installed ros-melodic-navigation with:

$ sudo apt-get install ros-melodic-navigation
[sudo] password for user: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
ros-melodic-navigation is already the newest version (1.16.6-1bionic.20200530.114248).
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  linux-headers-5.3.0-51 linux-headers-5.3.0-51-generic
  linux-image-5.3.0-51-generic linux-modules-5.3.0-51-generic
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 300 not upgraded.

I can find the navigation package with:

$ apt list | grep navigation
ros-melodic-navigation/bionic,now 1.16.6-1bionic.20200530.114248 amd64 [installed]

But when I try it with rospack, I get an error

rospack find navigation
[rospack] Error: package 'navigation' not found

What is the issue here?

  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried rospack profile before rospack find? $\endgroup$
    – Franky
    Commented Jun 20, 2020 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know of rospack profile so I haven't tried it. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 20, 2020 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ Please try rospack profile before searching for the package. $\endgroup$
    – Franky
    Commented Jun 21, 2020 at 4:31
  • $\begingroup$ Also for other's future reference you need to make sure to source /opt/ros/melodic/setup.bash before trying to find a package in the workspace. $\endgroup$
    – Tully
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 22:16

2 Answers 2


generally, I think posting ROS related questions would be better on ROS answers

Regarding your question - did you source /opt/ros/melodic/setup.bash ?

You can check the package path by echo $ROS_PACKAGE_PATH , which is the path where rospack will search

  • $\begingroup$ I found that it took some time to get an answer from there. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 14:28

Its probably because its a metapackage. they might leave that out of the rospack find. but roscd works even though i get the same error you are getting on a rospack find

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    – Ben
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 13:51

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