Articulation Inspector


The Articulation Inspector Extension is used to inspect the DOF Properties of a selected Articulation. This extension is useful when importing any new robot or to better understand the behaviors of an articulated system during simulation.


The simulator must have been active for at least one step in order to inspect the selected articulation. Toggle the PLAY button, if in doubt.

This extension is enabled by default. If it is ever disabled, it can be re-enabled from the Extension Manager by searching for omni.isaac.articulation_inspector.

To access this Extension, go to the top menu bar and click Isaac Utils > Workflows > Articulation Inspector.

Articulation Inspector Overview

User Interface

Articulation Inspector UI

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Selection Panel

This panel holds utility functions for selecting and interacting with the Articulation.

  • Select Articulation

Dropdown Menu to select an Articulation Root. Simulation must be running to select.


Inspector Panel

This panel holds the selected articulation’s Properties and DOF View groups.



This panel contains all available metadata of an articulation. Each metadata field is read-only and can be copied by the user.


DOF View Group

Each DOF panel contains sliders for modifying the position, velocity, gains, and efforts of each DOF.


Joint Controllers Panel

This panel contains groups of sliders for modifying the target joint positions, velocities, and efforts of the selected articulation.


Update Controllers

This panel contains buttons that trigger updates for the different controllers.


Joint Positions

Group of sliders for modifying the target joint positions of the selected articulation.


Joint Velocities

Group of sliders for modifying the target joint velocities of the selected articulation.


Joint Efforts

Group of sliders for modifying the target joint efforts of the selected articulation.

Tutorials & Examples


  • Articulation Inspector: Isaac Utils > Workflows > Articulation Inspector

Articulation Inspector Example

To run this Utility:

  1. Open the Articulation Inspector Extension by going to the top menu bar and clicking Isaac Utils > Articulation Inspector.

  2. Add a Robot from the Isaac library by going to the top menu bar and clicking Create > Isaac > Robots > From library > Manipulators > Franka.

  3. Press the PLAY button to begin simulating.

  4. Select /World/Franka from the Articulation dropdown to populate the Extension’s interface.

Articulation Inspector Overview