Binary install

On supported Ubuntu platform and for ROS Indigo, Hydro and Groovy you can install the driver by running apt-get install ros-*-ardrone-autonomy e.g. apt-get install ros-hydro-ardrone-autonomy in a terminal.

Compile from source

The bundled AR-Drone SDK has its own build system which usually handles system wide dependencies itself. The ROS package depends on these standard ROS packages: roscpp, image_transport, sensor_msgs, tf, camera_info_manager, nav_msgs and std_srvs.

The installation follows the same steps needed usually to compile a ROS driver using catkin <>. Clone (or download and unpack) the driver to the src folder of a new or existing catkin workspace <> (e.g ~/catkin_ws/src), then run catkin_make to compile it. Assuming you are compiling for ROS Indigo:

$ cd ~/catkin_ws/src
$ git clone -b indigo-devel
$ cd ~/catkin_ws
$ rosdep install --from-paths src -i
$ catkin_make