A reader for MPS and QPS files
Author JuliaSmoothOptimizers
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November 2018


A package to read linear optimization problems in MPS format and quadratic optimization problems in QPS format.

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The problems represented by the QPS format have the form

optimize   c₀ + cᵀ x + ½ xᵀ Q x    subject to   L ≤ Ax ≤ U and ℓ ≤ x ≤ u,


  • "optimize" means either "minimize" or "maximize"
  • c₀ ∈ ℝ is a constant term, c ∈ ℝⁿ is the linear term, Q = Qᵀ is the n×n quadratic term,
  • A is the m×n constraint matrix, L, U are constraint lower and upper bounds, respectively
  • , u are variable lower and upper bounds, respectively

Mixed-integer problems are supported, but semi-continuous and semi-integer variables are not.

Quick start


julia> ]
pkg> add QPSReader

Reading a file

This package exports the QPSData data type and the readqps() function. Because MPS is a subset of QPS, the readqps() function accepts both formats. Because the SIF is a superset of QPS, QPS problems implemented as SIF files (such as those from the Maros-Meszaros collection) are also supported.

Both fixed and free format are supported (see below for format conventions). To read a problem from a file:

julia> qps = readqps("Q25FV47.QPS")  # Free MPS is used by default
julia> qps = readqps("Q25FV47.QPS", mpsformat=:fixed)  # uses fixed MPS format
julia> qps = readqps("Q25FV47.QPS", mpsformat=:free)   # uses free MPS format

readqps also accepts an IO object as the first argument.

By default, a number of messages may be logged while reading. Log output can be suppressed as follows:

using QPSReader
using Logging

qps = with_logger(Logging.NullLogger()) do

Problem representation

The QPSData data type is defined as follows:

mutable struct QPSData
    nvar::Int                        # number of variables
    ncon::Int                        # number of constraints
    objsense::Symbol                 # :min, :max or :notset
    c0::Float64                      # constant term in objective
    c::Vector{Float64}               # linear term in objective

    # Quadratic objective, in COO format

    # Constraint matrix, in COO format

    lcon::Vector{Float64}            # constraints lower bounds
    ucon::Vector{Float64}            # constraints upper bounds
    lvar::Vector{Float64}            # variables lower bounds
    uvar::Vector{Float64}            # variables upper bounds
    name::Union{Nothing, String}     # problem name
    objname::Union{Nothing, String}  # objective function name
    rhsname::Union{Nothing, String}  # Name of RHS field
    bndname::Union{Nothing, String}  # Name of BOUNDS field
    rngname::Union{Nothing, String}  # Name of RANGES field
    varnames::Vector{String}         # variable names, aka column names
    connames::Vector{String}         # constraint names, aka row names

    # name => index mapping for variables
    # Variables are indexed from 1 and onwards
    varindices::Dict{String, Int}

    # name => index mapping for constraints
    # Constraints are indexed from 1 and onwards
    # Recorded objective function has index 0
    # Rim objective rows have index -1
    conindices::Dict{String, Int}

    # Variable types
    #  `VTYPE_Continuous`      <--> continuous
    #  `VTYPE_Integer`         <--> integer
    #  `VTYPE_Binary`          <--> binary
    #  `VTYPE_SemiContinuous`  <--> semi-continuous (not supported)
    #  `VTYPE_SemiInteger`     <--> semi-integer (not supported)

    # Indicates the sense of each row:
    # `RTYPE_Objective`    <--> objective row (`'N'`)
    # `RTYPE_EqualTo`      <--> equality constraint (`'E'`)
    # `RTYPE_LessThan`     <--> less-than constraint (`'L'`)
    # `RTYPE_GreaterThan`  <--> greater-than constraint (`'G'`)

Rows and variables are indexed in the order in which they are read. The matrix Q is zero when reading an MPS file.


The file formats supported by QPSReader are described here:

The following conventions are enforced:

Rim data

  • Multiple objective rows

    • The first N-type row encountered in the ROWS section is recorded as the objective function, and its name is stored in objname.
    • If an additional N-type row is present, a warning-level log is displayed. Subsequent N-type rows are ignored.
    • Each time a rim objective row is encountered in the COLUMNS or RHS section, the corresponding coefficients are skipped, and an error-level log is displayed.
  • Multiple RHS / Range / Bound fields

    • The second field of the first card in the RHS section determines the name of the right-hand side, which is stored in rhsname. Same goes for the RANGES and BOUNDS sections, with the corresponding names being stored in rngname and bndname, respectively.
    • Any card whose second field does not match the expected name is then ignored. A warning-level log is displayed at the first such occurence.
    • In addition, any line or individual coefficient that is ignored triggers an error-level log.

Variable bounds

  • Default bounds for variables are [0, Inf), to exception of integer variables (see below).
  • If multiple bounds are specified for a given variable, only the most recent bound is recorded.

Integer variables

There are two ways of declaring integer variables:

  • Through markers in the COLUMNS section.

  • By specifying BV, LI or UI bounds in the BOUNDS section

  • The convention for integer variable bounds in as follows:

    Marker? BOUNDS fields Type Bounds reported
    Yes - Integer [0, 1]
    Yes BV Binary [0, 1]
    Yes (LI, l) Integer [l, Inf]
    Yes (UI, u) with u≥0 Integer [0, u]
    Yes (UI, u) with u<0 Integer [-Inf, u]
    Yes (LI, l) + (UI, u) Integer [l, u]
    No BV Binary [0, 1]
    No (LI, l) Integer [l, Inf]
    No (UI, u) with u≥0 Integer [0, u]
    No (UI, u) with u<0 Integer [-Inf, u]
    No (LI, l) + (UI, u) Integer [l, u]

    The LI/UI can be replaced by LO/UP in the table above, with no impact on bounds. Only the integrality of variables are affected. For continuous variables, follow the second half of the table, and replace LI/UI by LO/UP.


  • A row (resp. column) name that was not declared in the ROWS (resp. COLUMNS) section, appears elsewhere in the file. The only case where an error is not thrown is if said un-declared row or column appears in a rim line that is skipped.
  • An N-type row appears in the RANGES section

Problem Collections

Both the Netlib LP and Maros-Meszaros QP collections are provided as Julia artifacts (requires Julia 1.3). This package exports the fetch_netlib and fetch_mm functions that return the path to the Netlib and Maros-Meszaros collections, repectively

using QPSReader

netlib_path = fetch_netlib()
mm_path = fetch_mm()

Required Packages

No packages found.