This module is a tool to select different optimization engines when using JuMP and to change solver options.

Selecting and using a solver

The set_solver function is used to select the optimization package desired. Without any arguments it selects the GLPK optimizer. Otherwise, set_solver(NAME) is used to choose the desired optimizer, e.g., set_solver(Gurobi). (For this to work, this must follow using Gurboi.)

The function get_solver is a replacement for JuMP's with_solver function.

Instead of this:

MOD = Model(with_solver(GLPK.Optimizer))

we do this:

MOD = Model(get_solver())


The default solver is GLPK.

The other supported solvers are:

Selecting and using solver options

Solver options can be set up using these functions:

  • set_solver_options(kwd, val) adds the option whose name is given by the symbol kwd to be the value val. To add several options, use this several times.
  • set_solver_options(d::Dict) adds all the key/value entries in d as options by repeated calls to set_solver_options(key,value).
  • clear_solver_options() erases all solver options.
  • get_solver_options() returns a dictionary of the options that are currently set.

When a JuMP model is created using Model(get_solver()) the options are passed along.

Note that each call to set_solver clears all options and then resets the output (verbose) level.

The function set_solver takes an optional second Boolean argument to set the output level:

set_solver(OPT_NAME::Module = GLPK, verbose::Bool = true)

Verbose output

The set_solver_verbose() function can be used to tell the solver to be verbose in its operation. Alternatively, set_solver_verbose(false) suppresses output.

The action of set_solver_verbose is through set_solver_options.

At present, this function only knows how to do this for the Cbc, CPLEX, GLPK, Gurobi, and HiGHS optimizers. It is easy, however, to add additional solvers by modifying the file set_verbose.jl or in the REPL with a command that looks like this:

ChooseOptimizer._solver_table["NAME"] = ("opt_name", yes_val, no_val)


  • NAME is the name of the solver,
  • opt_name is the option name that controls output for that solver,
  • yes_val is the value for verbose output, and
  • no_val is the value for supressing output.