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FreeWheel Linear Programming Interface for Python

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Flipy is a Python linear programming interface library, originally developed by FreeWheel. It currently supports Gurobi and CBC as the backend solver.

To use Gurobi, make sure you have a Gurobi license file, and gurobipy is installed in your Python environment. You can find details from Gurobi’s documentation.

Flipy requires Python 3.6 or newer.


The latest offical version of Flipy can be installed with pip:

pip install flipy

The latest development version can be get with Git:

git clone
cd flipy
python install


Here is a simple example for Flipy:

import flipy

# 1 <= x <= 3.5
x = flipy.LpVariable('x', low_bound=1, up_bound=3.5)
# 2 <= y <= 4
y = flipy.LpVariable('y', low_bound=2, up_bound=4)

# 5x + y <= 12
lhs = flipy.LpExpression('lhs', {x: 2.5, y: 1})
rhs = flipy.LpExpression('rhs', constant=12) 
constraint = flipy.LpConstraint(lhs, 'leq', rhs)

# maximize: 3x + 2y
objective = flipy.LpObjective('test_obj', {x: 3, y: 2}, sense=flipy.Maximize)
problem = flipy.LpProblem('test', objective, [constraint])

solver = flipy.CBCSolver()
status = solver.solve(problem)

Get the solution

After solving, a status is returned to indicate whether the solver has found a optimal solution for the problem:

# <SolutionStatus.Optimal: 1>

The objective value can be retrieved with objective.evaluate():

# 17.6

The value of variables can be retrieved with .evaluate() as well:

# 3.2
# 4.0

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