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Fawkes is released under the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later with specific exceptions. It is currently known to run best on modern Linux systems like Fedora and also runs on FreeBSD. Have a look at the dependencies to see a list of required software packages.

Latest Release

The latest release is Fawkes 0.5.0.

Release Notes

This release contains a large number of new software components for example to integrate with ROS, OpenNI, OpenRAVE, PCL, CLIPS, or RRDtool, to support new hardware platforms like the Nao, Robotino, or Roomba, and it contains new plugins and frameworks for coordinate frame transformation, AMCL self-localization, and tabletop object perception among others. For more information please read the announcement.

Pre-Compiled Binary Packages

We provide pre-compiled packages for selected systems to make it easy for you to start testing Fawkes.

Fawkes on Fedora 14 and later

Fawkes is available out of the box on Fedora 14 and later. It can be installed using yum.

There are two different kind of installations available.

  • To get the core packages and most relevant plugins issue yum install fawkes (or install the package "fawkes" via the graphical package manager). Afterwards you have a readily usable Fawkes environment installed.
  • To install all of Fawkes' dependencies for software development, i.e. to work on a git copy, install the fawkes-devenv package using yum install fawkes-devenv (or install the package "fawkes-devenv" via the graphical package manager). Afterwards you can clone the repository and build the software.

Source Package Releases

Release File Size Date
Fawkes 0.5.0 fawkes-0.5.0.tar.bz2 3.3 MB Sept. 27, 2012
Fawkes 0.4.2 fawkes-0.4.2.tar.bz2 1.3 MB Feb. 22, 2011
This minor update includes a backported fix for GCC 4.6.0 and Linux kernel 2.6.38.
Fawkes 0.4.1 fawkes-0.4.1.tar.bz2 1.3 MB Jan. 9, 2011
This minor update includes manual pages for all console and GUI tools, supports configuration file creation in a user's home directory, enforces undefined symbols in all components and brings some fixes for smaller problems. For more information please read the announcement.
Fawkes 0.4 fawkes-0.4.tar.bz2 1.3 MB Aug. 17, 2010
Highlights of this release include blackboard logging and replay, system wide installation support, extended hardware support, several new plugins, numerous cleanups, fixes, and extensions across the software. Fore more information please read the announcement.
Fawkes 0.3 fawkes-0.3.tar.bz2 1.2 MB Aug. 13, 2009

This is the first public release of the Fawkes Robot Software Framework. It is currently used for in-tree development and we are yet preparing for system-wide installation. We also currently work on documentation like manuals and tutorials.

This release is for experimentation and a first look at Fawkes. You are welcome to have a look and join the effort!

Currently no binary packages are provided. This is planned for the next release.

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Source Code fresh from Repository

The source code of Fawkes is maintained in a git repository. You can get the source with the following command.
(via HTTP)
git clone