Open Source

1. Apache

  • Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products.


  • CARMEN, the Carnegie Mellon Robot Navigation Toolkit. CARMEN is an open-source collection of software for mobile robot control. CARMEN is modular software designed to provide basic navigation primatives including: base and sensor control, logging, obstacle avoidance, localization, path planning, and mapping.

3. Cilib

  • CIlib is a library of various computational intelligence algorithms.


  • CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by NVIDIA. It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).

6. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 is a freely available .NET-based programming environment for building robotics applications. It can be used by both professional and non-professional developers as well as hobbyists.


  • MOOS is a C++ cross platform middle ware for robotics research. It is helpful to think about it as a set of layers.


  • MORSE, the Modular OpenRobots Simulation Engine, is an generic simulator for academic robotics.

9. Ocra

  • Orca is an open-source framework for developing component-based robotic systems. It provides the means for defining and developing the building-blocks which can be pieced together to form arbitrarily complex robotic systems, from single vehicles to distributed sensor networks.

10. Open NN

  • An Open Source Neural Networks C++ Library

11. OpenCV

  • OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision Library) is an open source computer vision and machine learning software library. OpenCV was built to provide a common infrastructure for computer vision applications and to accelerate the use of machine perception in the commercial products. Being a BSD-licensed product, OpenCV makes it easy for businesses to utilize and modify the code.

12. Orocos

  • Orocos, Open Robot Control Software, provides modular framework for robot and machine control.

13. Player

  • The Player Project creates Free Software that enables research in robot and sensor systems. The Player robot server is probably the most widely used robot control interface in the world. Its simulation backends, Stage and Gazebo, are also very widely used.

14. ROS

  • The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a flexible framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that aim to simplify the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior across a wide variety of robotic platforms.

15. URBI

  • URBI is an innovative, simple to use, yet powerful universal software platform for robotics.

16. YARP

  • YARP, Yet Another Robot Platform, is plumbing for robot software. It is a set of libraries, protocols, and tools to keep modules and devices cleanly decoupled. It is reluctant middleware, with no desire or expectation to be in control of your system. YARP is definitely not an operating system.

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