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v2.5.1

This release contains some minor bug fixes.

Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with drag-and-drop that resulted in opening the dragged file too many times
  • The Plot legend now correctly respects math modifiers used in message paths

Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v2.5.0

🤏 Customize table views

You can now manage and resize table columns on the Device and Event tables to customize how you view your data.

⏱️ RFC 3339 and 24-hour time formats

Visualization playback now supports displaying timestamps in RFC 3339 (ISO 8601) and 24-hour formats in addition to 12-hour and epoch.

✍️ Renamed NPM package

When we launched Foxglove 2.0, we dropped the "Studio" name. In keeping with that, we renamed the @foxglove/studio NPM package to @foxglove/extension. Please update your custom extensions to depend on @foxglove/extension to receive future SDK updates.

New & Improved
  • All users on free plans are have the “admin” role to simplify how small teams and individuals use Foxglove
  • Improved the discoverability of help text in settings
  • Device name search in UI is now case insensitive
  • When streaming a recording from Foxglove cloud, recording name shows in the app bar
  • Added support for OMG IDL empty structs
  • Added support for FlatBuffer union fields, vectors of unions, and fixed-length arrays
  • FlatBuffer messages fields are now displayed in the order of their id
  • Added the ability to create shareable links using user-defined recordingKey
Performance
  • Made additional memory usage optimizations for the state transition panel
  • Improved the performance of querying Foxglove Events tied to a particular device
  • Performance improvements for parsing FlatBuffer messages
  • Performance improvements for loading recordings
  • Performance improvements for computing message paths used in auto-complete
  • Improved performance of connected-line scatter plots via downsampling
Fixes
  • Fixed a bug on the desktop app where zooming in/out during playback would result in a misaligned app bar
  • Fixed an issue where moving the desktop app between screens with different pixel densities would cause the toolbar to change size
  • Fixed an issue where plot panels with no x-axis range configured would cause downsampled data to jitter for some datasets
  • Fixed multiple issues with the “reset view” button behaving incorrectly on the state transition panel
  • Fixed a bug where window controls wouldn't appear in Linux desktop apps before sign in
  • Fixed incorrect message count for topics with multiple MCAP channels
  • Fixed a bug where message fields whose names contain special characters could not be plotted by clicking on the value from the Raw Message panel
  • Prevent layout shifts when hovering over a value in the Raw message panel
  • Fixed an issue causing drift of image annotations on large images when zooming in
  • Fixed an issue preventing markers from being deleted and re-added with the same id
  • Hardware acceleration now works for the Foxglove Snap package
  • Fixed decoding of JSON messages without complete JSON schema definitions
  • Malformed video data no longer causes the image panel to crash

Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v2.4.0

📞 Better ROS Service call integration

We’ve improved the Foxglove client integration with ROS Services to allow Foxglove to be aware if a service is unavailable and the service has failed. The Foxglove websocket protocol now has a serviceCallFailure operation that can communicate to custom panels or the Foxglove Service Call panel when a call fails.

📈 Resizable reference lines in the Plot panel

Did you know you can create reference lines in the Plot panel? Now you can adjust the size of reference lines to improve their visibility.

Resizable Reference Line GIF

New & Improved
  • Added helper text for escaping special characters when they show up in queries
  • Updated styling of plot tooltip to improve readability as data changes
  • Improved support for common ROS2 Iron datatypes when connecting live over Foxglove bridge
  • Added helper text to the Teleop panel when the publish rate is misconfigured
  • Extended OMG IDL support so mutable structs can now be decoded when non-optional fields are not present in the received message
Performance
  • Reduced the state transition panel’s memory use as part of our perpetual commitment to performance improvements
Fixes
  • Fixed an issue causing the app to crash on startup on Ubuntu 24.04
  • Fixed a bug causing ImageAnnotations points to disappear when zooming and panning
  • Fixed deep links not working in some instances
  • Restarting the app with ctrl/cmd+R now reconnects to live data sources
  • Fixed an issue where Safari autofill was blocking some dropdown lists
  • MCAP files with empty schema records no longer cause Edge Site uploads to get stuck
  • Fixed an issue where some data might be missed when visualizing ROS .bag files
  • Fixed a bug where non-ASCII strings would be truncated when publishing messages to a ROS 1 server
  • Fixed an issue where, in some cases, the state transition panel would reset its view after you zoomed in on live data
  • Added protections and a friendly error message when a race condition is triggered by uploading the same extension twice

Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v2.3.0

📹 Low-latency multi-video playback

Buckle up for smoother video loading: We've made performance improvements to video playback so you get a low latency experience when visualizing multiple CompressedVideo topics at once.


Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v2.2.0

3D

Have you ever wanted to get a 3D view of the entire world? One of our users did, but had some issues with z-fighting that kept the visualization within Foxglove from looking as sharp as it should. We think that outer-space fighting should be limited to intergalactic battles, so we added a new setting to enable a logarithmic depth buffer, which can improve rendering precision for large distance scales.

Using this feature may lead to a loss in rendering performance, but may be worth the price for users looking to visualize Earth-scale data, large maps, or just wanting to zoom in/out really, really far.

In this example below:

  • The left pane does not use logarithmic depth, and it has a near clipping plane of 1.0. The grids render smoothly, but objects close to the viewer are clipped.
  • The middle pane does not use logarithmic depth, and has a near plane of 0.01. The viewer can get closer to objects without clipping, but rendering artifacts (z-fighting) appear between multiple grids.
  • The right pane enables the new logarithmic depth setting. This avoids z-fighting by providing more depth precision for the grids, while still allowing a near plane value of 0.01 for reduced clipping.

Services

The Service Call panel now has an option to hide the request and response text fields. This allows you to configure a request once up front, then invoke the service call without any distractions. We love distractions, but only the kinds that have wet noses and wagging tails.

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JSON data sources

  • When using a WebSocket connection, JSON channels and services with no schema are now supported (using an empty string for the schema name and data).
  • Added support for fixed-length arrays (specified with prefixItems).

Stability and usability

  • The web application no longer encounters errors when a new version is released while the app is already open.
  • Various usability enhancements to Recordings, General and Team settings, Webhooks, data playback while buffering, and deep linking.
  • Improvements to error messages for opening incompatible files and layouts, and for WebSocket connections that encounter unexpected server behavior.

Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v2.1.0

User scripts

  • Improvements to user scripts to allow returning types that consist of  fields or fields with types:
type Output = {
field1: Message<"std_msgs/String">;
field2: Array<number>;
};

It is now possible to create elaborate return types, for example:

import { Input, Message, Time } from "./types";
import { subtractTimes } from "./time";

type InputType = Message<"geometry_msgs/PoseStamped">;
type Output = {
header: InputType["header"];
time_diff: Time;
translation: Message<"geometry_msgs/Vector3">;
random_array: Array<number>;
};

export const inputs = ["/pose_stamped"];
export const output = "/pose_difference";

let lastMessage: InputType | undefined;

// Calculates translation & time difference between two subsequent poses.
export default function script(
event: Input<"/pose_stamped">,
): Output | undefined {
const message = event.message;

if (!lastMessage) {
lastMessage = message;
return undefined;
}

const output: Output = {
header: message.header,
time_diff: subtractTimes(message.header.stamp, lastMessage.header.stamp),
translation: {
x: message.pose.position.x - lastMessage.pose.position.x,
y: message.pose.position.y - lastMessage.pose.position.y,
z: message.pose.position.z - lastMessage.pose.position.z,
},
random_array: [Math.random(), Math.random()],
};

lastMessage = message;
return output;
}

Snap package

  • Added interface to support using Foxglove with gamepads via the Snap Store.

Performance

  • Playback performance improvements when buffering data.

Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v2.0.0

For more information, see our Foxglove 2.0 Announcement.

Smoother navigation

  • You can now visualize your data and manage your Devices, Recordings, and Events all in the same app. This new workflow is available both in the desktop app and at https://app.foxglove.dev/. Click the Foxglove logo to access the new navigation from the visualization screen:

  • When opening the app, you will now be greeted with the Dashboard. The “Open local file”, “Open connection”, “Recently viewed”, and “Explore sample data” features are now part of the Dashboard.

Performance improvements

  • We’ve made performance improvements across plots, user scripts, 3D models, H.264 video, and general playback.
  • Fixed an issue where Windows 11 would put the app into “efficiency mode”, degrading app performance.

More panel actions

  • The panel actions overlay now has separate buttons to split right and split down, rather than a single split button that chooses a split direction automatically. Hold the backtick (`) key and hover over a panel to access the quick actions:

Playback and data sources

  • The playback speed setting is no longer saved per-layout; instead, the setting will persist for an individual user/browser.
  • Topics using OMG IDL schemas now support optional member fields on mutable structs.
  • Fixed an issue with loading glTF models via package:// URLs over a WebSocket connection.
  • The “Message rate” setting has been removed. Adjusting this setting did not always have the intended effect, and the application already adapts dynamically to system performance.

Plots

  • The Plot panel now displays more information about series errors and warnings in the legend.

  • Fixed some visual alignment issues in Plot and State Transitions.

3D

  • Fixed an issue in the 3D panel where the scene would not exactly track the mouse while panning in 2D mode.

Log

  • The Log panel now supports Message Converters with a toSchemaName that matches one of the panel’s supported schemas.

Extensions

  • Fixed a bug that caused a message converters to be run on allFrames when they should not have been.

Downloads: Linux: deb amd64 arm64, snap amd64 | Windows: Universal | Mac: Universal

v1.87.0

Performance Improvements

  • Improved omgidl deserialization performance
  • Improved performance of 3D panel
  • Improved performance of performance sidebar
  • Reduced OOMs by buffering messages as Uint8Array
  • Fixed memory leak when switching data source

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the start time for foxglove websocket player when a connection is reset
  • Fixed URDF meshes not loading when connected to rosbridge
  • Fixed empty plot minYValue and maxYValue led to a 0-0 Y scale

Other

  • Improved Chinese translations

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v1.86.1

Fixed

  • Fixed issue with plots not following the cursor when using x-axis range setting

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