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ARS 0.5a2

Physically-accurate robotics simulator

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Latest Version: 0.5b1

ARS is a physically-accurate open-source simulation suite for research and development of mobile manipulators and, in general, any multi-body system. It is modular, easy to learn and use, and can be a valuable tool in the process of robot design, in the development of control and reasoning algorithms, as well as in teaching and educational activities.

It will encompass a wide range of tools spanning from kinematics and dynamics simulation to robot interfacing and control.

The software is implemented in Python integrating the Open Dynamics Engine (ODE) and the Visualization Toolkit (VTK).

Installation and Requirements

For installation instructions and requirements, see the online documentation.

ARS relies in these software:

  • Python 2.7
  • ODE (Open Dynamics Engine) 0.12 (from rev 1864 could work but is untested) with Python bindings
  • VTK (Visualization Toolkit) 5.8 with Python bindings
  • NumPy 1.6

Provided ODE and VTK are already installed, execute this to get ARS up and running:

$ pip install ARS


The documentation is hosted at and it is generated dynamically after each commit to the repository.


This software is licensed under the OSI-approved "BSD License". To avoid confusion with the original BSD license from 1990, the FSF refers to it as "Modified BSD License". Other names include "New BSD", "revised BSD", "BSD-3", or "3-clause BSD".

See the included LICENSE.txt file.


To run the included test suite you need more packages (tox and mock):

~/ars$ pip install -r requirements_test.txt
~/ars$ tox
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