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Orbbec - Astra

Astra camera by Orbbec is the first family of 3D cameras from Orbbec. Astra series are based on structured light technology with Orbbec designed ASIC for high quality depth processing and single cable USB 2.0 power + connectivity.


For Newer Camera Models

If you're looking for information about newer Orbbec camera models, please refer to the Orbbec Cameras article.

Getting started

To run the device, you must meet certain requirements listed below:



  • Connectivity: USB 2.0


In this demo, we'll walk you through using the Astra camera with ROS 2 via a Docker image. You'll also learn how to visualize data, including image previews and point clouds, using RViz. Demo based on OrbbecSDK_ROS2 repository.

Tested on

ROSbot XL with Intel NUC 10 and Astra camera.

Start guide

1. Plugin the device

Simply plugin the camera into USB 2.0 port. Then use lsusb command to check if the device is visible.

2. Clone repository

git clone
cd astra-docker/demo

3. Run compose.yaml

xhost local:root
docker compose up


After completing this procedure, RViz should start, containing the RGB image and the depth image of the camera.



The full API of the robot can be found in the official documentation of the device.


The Astra camera is fairly cheap camera but quite old depth camera. Good for basic in-door operations. After completing this tutorial, you can easily integrate the camera with your robot using Docker. Now you can use the acquired knowledge by creating a Tracker using the OpenCV library.

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