Julia interface to the Ipopt nonlinear solver
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Ipopt.jl is a Julia interface to the Ipopt nonlinear solver.


The package is registered in METADATA.jl and so can be installed with Pkg.add.

julia> import Pkg; Pkg.add("Ipopt")

In addition to installing the Ipopt.jl package, this will also download and install the Ipopt binaries. (You do not need to install Ipopt separately.) If you require a custom build of Ipopt, see the instructions below.

Custom Installation

To install custom built Ipopt binaries set the environmental variables JULIA_IPOPT_LIBRARY_PATH and JULIA_IPOPT_EXECUTABLE_PATH, and call import Pkg; Pkg.build("Ipopt"). For instance, if the libraries are installed in /opt/lib and the executable is in /opt/bin just call

import Pkg; Pkg.build("Ipopt")

If you do not want BinaryProvider to download the default binaries on install set JULIA_IPOPT_LIBRARY_PATH and JULIA_IPOPT_EXECUTABLE_PATH before calling import Pkg; Pkg.add("Ipopt").

To switch back to the default binaries clear JULIA_IPOPT_LIBRARY_PATH and JULIA_IPOPT_EXECUTABLE_PATH, and call import Pkg; Pkg.build("Ipopt").

JuMP and MathOptInterface

Ipopt implements the solver-independent MathOptInterface interface, and so can be used within modeling software like JuMP. The solver object is called Ipopt.Optimizer. All options listed in the Ipopt documentation may be passed directly. For example, you can suppress output by saying Ipopt.Optimizer(print_level=0). If you wish to pass an option specifically for the restoration phase, instead of using the prefix resto., use the prefix resto_. For example Ipopt.Optimizer(resto_max_iter=0).

You can use Ipopt with JuMP as follows:

using JuMP, Ipopt
model = Model(with_optimizer(Ipopt.Optimizer, max_cpu_time=60.0))

C Interface Wrapper

Full documentation for the Ipopt C wrapper is available here. Use of the nonlinear MathOptInterface interface is recommended over the low-level C interface because it permits one to easily switch between solvers.