How a ROS node written in Python could subscribe to multiple topics and publish to multiple topics?

All examples I found were for a single topic. Is this an event-driven model so subscription to multiple "events" is allowed or it is more like a loop, so it can listen only to one "source" at a time?


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You can follow the example code here and simply add a second subscription like so:

import rospy
from std_msgs.msg import String

def callback1(data):
    rospy.loginfo("Callback1 heard %s",data.data)

def callback2(data):
    rospy.loginfo("Callback2 heard %s",data.data) 

def listener():
    rospy.Subscriber("chatter1", String, callback1)
    rospy.Subscriber("chatter2", String, callback2)
    # spin() simply keeps python from exiting until this node is stopped

ROS Python nodes are inherently multi-threaded. When you get each callback, it will be in a separate thread. So this is an event-driven model.

Note that this behavior is different than the default behavior for ROS C nodes which are inherently single threaded unless you specifically make them multi-threaded.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Ben for confirming that Python nodes are event-driven (multiple threads) and providing an example code. This is exactly the confirmation I was looking for. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 16:30

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