3.11. Installation from Source Code

The easiest way to install a complete version of MiniZinc is to use the binary packages we provide for several platforms, as explained in Installation. In the following, we describe how to install MiniZinc from source code.

All components of MiniZinc are free and open source software, and compilation should be straightforward if you have all the necessary build tools installed. However, third-party components, in particular the different solvers, may be more difficult to install correctly, and we cannot provide any support for these components.

The source code for MiniZinc can be downloaded from its GitHub repository at https://github.com/MiniZinc/libminizinc. The source code for the MiniZinc IDE is available from https://github.com/MiniZinc/MiniZincIDE. The master branch of each repository points to the latest release version, while the develop branch points to the current state of development (and may be buggy or not even compile sometimes).

You will also need to install additional solvers to use with MiniZinc. To get started, try Gecode (http://www.gecode.org) or Chuffed (https://github.com/chuffed/chuffed). We don’t cover installation instructions for these solvers here.

The build system for MiniZinc relies on the CMake tool (https://cmake.org). It will try to find some solvers (Gecode, CBC, SCIP, Gurobi, XPRESS and CPLEX) in their standard locations. You can point to alternative locations using flags such as -DGECODE_ROOT=... as additional flags to the cmake commands explained below. Standard environment variables, such as GUROBI_HOME, are checked as well. See the file CMakeLists.txt for the current list of solvers.

The following sections contain installation instructions for different operating systems: