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Getting started with Bonmin

Tested platforms

Bonmin has been installed and used on the following systems:

  • Linux using g++ version 3.* and 4.*
  • Windows using Cygwin version 1.5.18 (see the Cygwin packages required in CygwinInstall)
  • Mac OS X using gcc 3.* and 4.* (see how to install some required program in OsxInstall?)

Bonmin should be relatively easy to install on most un*x's provided that you have a C++ and a Fortran compiler.

Bonmin can only be instaled by compiling the source code. There is no distribution of precompiled binaries of Bonmin and it is currently not possible to do one due to third party dependencies which have incompatible licenses.

We don't know anybody who has yet tried to build it in the Microsoft Development Studio, the contribution of anybody who uses Microsoft Development Studio and has good knoweldge of it will be very appreciated.

Bonmin instalation follows the guidelines of COIN-OR. We provide here only very brief instructions, please refer to the BuildTools wiki for more details.


First you need to know which version of the code you would like to obtain.

  • If you don't know how to use subversion (and don't want to learn it) or if you want to have a version of the code which will remain identical over time, we recommend that you get the latest release which is Bonmin-0.1.0.
  • If you want to stay up to date with bug-fixes and improvements, we recommand that you use subversion to get the version 0.1 of the stable branch. As bug are found and fixed, the stable branch will be updated by us and by using subversion you can easily obtain the latest bugfixes.

BonminBranches gives more details on the properties of these different branches (which are interpreted from the guidelines of COIN-OR).

To obtain the latest release just download Bonmin-0.1.0.

In Un*x environments, to download the latest stable version of Bonmin (0.1). Issue the following subversion command

 svn co Bonmin-0.1

This copies all the necessary COIN-OR files to compile Bonmin to Bonmin-0.1.

Obtain third party code

Bonmin needs a few external packages which are not included in the Bonmin package:

  1. Lapack (Linear Algebra PACKage)
  2. Blas (Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines)
  3. the sparse linear solver MA27 from the Harwell Subroutine Library and optionally (but strongly recommended) MC19 to enable automatic scaling in \Ipopt.
  4. optionally ASL (the Ampl Solver Library), to be able to use Bonmin from Ampl.

Since these third-party software modules are released under licenses that are incompatible with the CPL (pay attention to their licenses), they cannot be included for distribution with Bonmin, but you will find scripts to help you download them in the subdirectory ThirdParty of the Bonmin distribution (Detailed instruction can be found in Ipopt manual or in ThirdParty


To install Bonmin issue the following command in the main Bonmin distribution (Bonmin-0.1 above) directory:

  1. mkdir build
  2. cd build
  3. ../configure -C
  4. make
  5. make test
  6. make install

Step 1 Create a directory used to build the code (note that this step is optional but is strongly recommended).

Step 3 Runs a configuration script which creates the Makefiles for Bonmin.

Step 4 Builds the Bonmin library and executable.

Step 5 Builds the test program and runs it (should finished with message All tests passed succesfully.

Step 6 Installs the Bonmin library libbonmin, the bonmin executable, and the required header file to use the Bonmin library.

Additional help

If the above procedure did not work, you might find additional help:

In any case do not hesitate to submit instalation problems to Bonmin mailing list