MiniZinc 2

Version 2 of the MiniZinc constraint modelling language and tool chain is available under the Mozilla Public License version 2.0.

Download and Installation

Follow the installation instructions for your operating system of choice. The installation instruction also contain tips how to use MiniZinc 2.0 with the MiniZinc IDE.

New Features

MiniZinc 2.0 contains many new features and is based on a complete rewrite of the MiniZinc-to-FlatZinc compiler. If you are currently using the previous version 1.6, the new tools can be used as drop-in replacements. The generated FlatZinc is compatible with version 1.6, so all FlatZinc solvers should work without changes.

MiniZinc language changes

  • MiniZinc now supports user-defined functions. Details have been published in the paper "MiniZinc with Functions". Both functions and predicates can be recursive.
  • MiniZinc now supports option types. Details have been published in the paper "Modelling with Option Types in MiniZinc".
  • Let expressions have been generalised. They can now contain constraint items in addition to variable declarations.
  • Array index sets can be declared using arbitrary set expressions as long as they evaluate to contiguous ranges.
  • The if-then-else expression has been generalised to allow the condition to be a var bool expression (instead of only par bool).
  • Array and set comprehensions as well as generator calls can now iterate over variables and use var bool where conditions.
  • Any bool expression can now automatically coerce to an int expression, likewise for int and float. This means that you don't have to write bool2int or int2float in you models any more.
  • Equality constraints can now be posted between array expressions.
  • Arbitrary expressions can now be included ("interpolated") into strings, using the syntax "some text \(e) some more text", where e is any expression. It is the same as writing "some text "++show(e)++" some more text".

New built-in functions

  • Array functions: array1d, arrayXd, row, col, has_index, has_element, sort_by, sort, arg_sort, arg_min, arg_max

New global constraints

  • arg_max, arg_min
  • arg_sort
  • k-dimensional diffn
  • disjunctive
  • geost
  • knapsack
  • network_flow
  • regular with NFAs
  • symmetric all different
  • optional scheduling constraints: alternative, span, disjunctive, cumulative
  • functional versions of many global constraints

New tool chain

  • There are a few new builtins that solvers can reimplement, these are listed in the redefinitions-2.0 file.
  • Include items use a different method for finding included files. Paths are now interpreted as relative to the file that has the include item. That way, the mzn2fzn compiler can be called from a different working directory.
  • A new tool, mzn2doc, can produce html output from the documentation comments. The MiniZinc distribution contains the documentation for global constraints and builtins generated directly from the library source code.

Latest version

The latest version of MiniZinc is 2.1.4, released on 16 March 2017.

For a list of changes, see the change log.


If you encounter any problems with MiniZinc, please use the Issue Tracker on our github page to report any issues or feature requests.