AMPL > >Try AMPL > >AMPL for Courses


For courses that make use of optimization models and methods, we invite you to obtain temporary versions of AMPL to give out to your students:

  • AMPL and solvers are provided in a single compressed download for each platform, usable for the duration of the course. They stop working on a built-in timeout date after the course ends.

  • Packages are easily installed on any computers used in conjunction with the course, including personal computers of professors, teaching assistants, and students.

  • Problem sizes are unrestricted.

  • Only a short online request form needs to be submitted for each course offering.

You decide which solvers to include in your packages, choosing from the complete lineup of solvers that we currently distribute:

  • Linear solvers that offer exceptional efficiency for linear and convex quadratic optimization problems in both continuous and integer variables, with extensions to related problem types:
  • Nonlinear solvers that apply a variety of methods to find locally optimal solutions to problems involving smooth nonlinear functions:
    • CONOPT, MINOS, SNOPT for problems in continuous variables
    • KNITRO for problems in continuous and/or integer variables
  • Alternative solvers that combine a variety of approaches to handle optimization problems that can be especially difficult:
    • BARON for global optimization in continuous and integer variables
    • LGO for global and local optimization in continuous variables
    • LocalSolver for fast high-quality solutions with numerical and combinatorial constraints

The AMPL for Courses packages, provided at no charge, are intended to complement the purchase of regular AMPL and solver academic licenses for use in labs and research projects. We provide assistance to the course instructor, with support for the students to be provided through the course.

To request AMPL for Courses, simply scroll down to our online course request form on this page. You will receive an email reply giving complete download and installation instructions.

For more information about this program, write to See also our summary of other programs for free trial use of AMPL and solvers.

Frequently Asked Questions about AMPL for Courses

Can individual students obtain AMPL for Courses? No, the request must be made by an instructor responsible for a listed course. Master copies of the AMPL + solver bundles are provided for download by the instructor or by another responsible person whom the instructor designates. Then the instructor arranges for distribution of the bundles to the course’s students.

Does each offering of each course require a separate request? Yes, the AMPL + solver bundles are generated separately for each course, with course identifying information in the version string and a timeout about two weeks after the course end date indicated on the request.

How long a course can be covered? Our arrangements with the solver vendors allow for courses that are the length of an average academic term, up to about 6 months. We can extend this period somewhat to allow time for course preparation. However for a year-long course, two semiannual requests should be made.

Can AMPL for Courses be used for student projects? This program can provide AMPL + solvers for use in listed student project courses, on request from a responsible instructor. It is not available however for unsupervised student projects, multi-term project work, or support of PhD studies; for these purposes we recommend purchase at highly-discounted academic prices, or use of the free NEOS Server.


Free AMPL for Courses Request Form

For classes that make use of optimization models and methods, we invite you to request free copies of AMPL and selected solvers to give out to students. These copies are full-featured but time out after the end of the course.

Questions? Contact us at

Person Responsible for the Course (not a student)

Title or Position (for example,
Professor or Lecturer):*
Registered for the IBM Academic Initiative?  Yes No

Details of the Course

College or University:*
Course Number & Title:*
Beginning Date:*     Ending Date:*

Person to Receive the Software (if different from the person responsible for the course)

Title or Position:

In making this request you agree that software received under the AMPL for Courses program will be distributed only in conjunction with the educational activities of the indicated course, and will not be modified without prior permission from AMPL Optimization.

In checking Yes under item 1 you affirm that you are entitled to receive the CPLEX solver under the terms of the IBM Academic Initiative. You can register for this IBM program at

* Required fields.