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Dear all,

can I start somehow two different Rviz instances which run on two different PC but connect to the same ROS master?

I have one ROS master running ROS Indigo. There I am running different tools to control a robot. Now I would like to connect with a second Linux PC to the first ROS master and start another Rviz instance to see the current state of the robot. Is this possible and if yes, how do I have to specify the command on the second PC?

Best matl


Originally posted by matl on ROS Answers with karma: 13 on 2017-09-05

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Comment by jayess on 2017-09-05:
Have you tried using rosrun rviz rviz on both and seeing what happens?

Comment by matl on 2017-09-08:
Thanks for the hint, I also had to do the export ROS_MASTER_URI=myipadress to conenct it to the master. But anyway I have trouble to see the robot in the second PC. In Rviz I still cannot see the robot. Please see the uploaded picture which I did: https://ibb.co/fD1LjF

Comment by jayess on 2017-09-08:
You should really update your answer with a proper screenshot vs a picture of your monitor taken with a camer/cellphone.

Comment by matl on 2017-09-08:
sorry, the PC is right now not connected to the internet so it was the only chance to get some kind of screenshot

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Just use rosrun rviz rviz on both computers. Should work.


Originally posted by jayess with karma: 6155 on 2017-09-05

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Yes it is possible and you don't have to do anything special, just start it like normal. Are you having problems trying it?


Originally posted by Airuno2L with karma: 3460 on 2017-09-05

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Comment by matl on 2017-09-08:
Like mentioned above, I found one small operator misstake ;-) but I still do not see the whole robot: https://ibb.co/fD1LjF

Comment by Airuno2L on 2017-09-08:
That sounds like a new unrelated problem that we don't have enough information to help with yet. I'd open up a new question that describes the problem in more detail.

Comment by Airuno2L on 2017-09-08:
As a tip for the future, it's best to do actual screenshots rather than a photo of a screen, and post the actual screenshot rather than a link to it, I think it increases your chances of getting people to help.

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