Installation and Quickstart

Choose an installation method

You can choose to download a pre-compiled version of Drake, or to build it from source. The pre-compiled versions are much easier to use, but the source version is easier to update and will make it easier for you to contribute your fixes/improvements.

Optional: Installing MATLAB

Drake is transitioning from being primarily a MATLAB-based toolbox to a C++ toolbox. To use the MATLAB interface, we require

  • MATLAB R2012a or later

Many of the features also use

  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Simulink
  • Simulink 3D Animation
  • Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox

You can check your current MATLAB installation using MATLAB’s ver command.