Setting up ArUco Library on your PC

ArUco + OGRE demo. Credits : https://sourceforge.net/projects/aruco/

The ArUco library for OpenCV is a lightweight C++ wrapper for Augmented Reality applications. Its simple, efficient and versatile enough to detect hundreds of unique AR markers.

Pre Requisites

Installing ArUco Library

The latest release package can be found on sourceforge. Now you need to extract and compile the source code using cmake(the instructions mentioned below work on linux; for windows you can use use cmake-GUI).

Note that the official documentation recommends installing it in a working directory, rather than with sudo or admin privileges. Supposing you downloaded it in Downloads, open terminal — note that xxx is downloaded zip library version

cd ~/Downloads
unzip arucoxxx.zip
cd aurucoxxx
mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<pathToInstall>
make
make install

Here the pathToInstall will be preferred location. I kept it in the same folder as

-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=../aruco_src

If you can see this, you’ve completed the installation

To make sure that ArUco finds the correct library files, generate a config file(refer this blog for more).

sudo gedit /etc/ld.so.conf.d/aruco.conf
# Add the following line and save it:
# /usr/local/lib

# Now, in your terminal, execute:
sudo ldconfig

Note that since the installation is not global you’ve to always include pathToInstall in CMakeLists.txt file of your project as

# Adding local ArUco Library
include_directories(/home/<pc-name>/Downloads/arucoxxx/aruco_src/include/)
link_directories(/home/<pc-name>/Downloads/arucoxxx/aruco_src/lib/)

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