Release Notes

Version 0.1.5

  • Add sel functions to Constraint and AnonymousConstraint to allow for selection and inspection of constraints by coordinate.

  • The printout of Variables and Constraints was refactored to a more concise layout.

  • The solving termination condition “other” is now tagged as solving status “warning”.

Version 0.1.4

Version 0.1.3

  • Hotfix dual value retrieval for highs.

  • The MPS file writing was fixed for glpk solver. The MPS file writing is now tested against all solvers.

Version 0.1.2

  • Fix display for constraint with single entry and no coordinates.

Version 0.1.1

  • Printing out long LinearExpression is now accelerated in the __repr__ function.

  • Multiplication of LinearExpression’s with pandas object was stabilized.

  • A options handler was introduced that allows the user to change the maximum of printed lines and terms in the display of Variable’s, LinearExpression’s and Constraint’s.

  • If LinearExpression of exactly the same shape are joined together (in arithmetic operations), the coordinates of the first object is used to override the coordinates of the consecutive objects.

Version 0.1

This is the first major-minor release of linopy! With this release, the package should more stable and consistent. The main changes are:

  • The classes Variable, LinearExpression and Constraint now have a __repr__ method. This allows for a better representation of the classes in the console.

  • Linopy now defines and uses a fixed set of solver status and termination codes. This allows for a more consistent and reliable handling of solver results. The new codes are defined in the linopy.constants module. The implementation is inspired by and the implementation in this PyPSA fork

  • The automated summation of repeated variables in one constraint is now supported. Before the implementation for constraints like x + x + x <= 5 was only working for solvers with a corresponding fallback computation. This is now fixed.

  • Integer variables are now fully supported.

  • Support exporting problems to MPS file via fast highspy MPS-writer (highspy installation required).

  • The internal data structure of linopy classes were updated to a safer design. Instead of being defined as inherited xarray classes, the class Variable, LinearExpression and Constraint are now no inherited classes but contain the xarray objects in the data field. This allows the package to have more flexible function design and a reduced set of wrapped functions that are sensible to use in the optimization context.

  • The class Variable and LinearExpression have new functions groupby and rolling imitating the corresponding xarray functions but with safe type inheritance and application of appended operations.

  • Coefficients very close to zero (< 1e-10) are now automatically set to zero to avoid numerical issues with solvers.

  • Coefficients of variables are no also allowed to be np.nan. These coefficients are ignored in the LP file writing.

  • The classes Variable, LinearExpression, Constraint, ScalarVariable, ScalarLinearExpression and ScalarConstraint now require the model in the initialization (mostly internal code is affected).

  • The eval module was removed in favor of arithmetic operations on the classes Variable, LinearExpression and Constraint.

  • Solver options are now printed out in the console when solving a model.

  • If a variable with indexes differing from the model internal indexes are assigned, linopy will raise a warning and align the variable to the model indexes.

Version 0.0.15

  • Using the python sum() function over `ScalarVariable`s and `ScalarLinearExpression`s is now supported.

  • Returning None type in from_rule assignment is now supported.

  • Python 3.11 is now supported

  • Xarray versions higher and lower v2022.06. are now supported.

Version 0.0.14

New Features

  • Linopy now uses highspy <> as an interface to the HiGHS solver. This enables a direct and fast communication without needing to write an intermediate LP file.

Version 0.0.13

New Features

  • The function LinearExpression.from_tuples now allows ScalarVariable as input.

  • For compatibility reasons, the function groupby_sum now allows pandas.Series as input.

Bug Fixes

  • Filtering out zeros is now an optional feature in the solve function. The previous behavior of filtering just before the LP file writing, lead to unexpected errors for constraints with only zero terms.

Version 0.0.12

New Features

  • A new module was created to export basic mathematical quantities such as lb, ub, c vectors and the A matrix. Use it with the matrices accessor in linopy.Model.

  • For Constraints` and Variables` a ipython autocompletion function for getting items was added.

  • Inplace updates for constraints are now more flexible.

  • AnonymousConstraint can now built from comparison operations of variables with constants, e.g. x >= 5.

  • The Model.add_constraints function now support input of type ScalarVariable, ScalarLinearExpression and ScalarConstraint.

  • Terms with zero coefficient are now filtered out before writing to file to avoid unnecessary overhead.

  • The function sanitize_zeros was added to Constraints. Use this to filter out zero coefficient terms.

Bug Fixes

  • Solving with gurobi and io_api=”direct” lead to wrong objective assignment if the objective contained non-unique variables. This is fixed in this version.

Version 0.0.11

  • Constraints and expressions can now be created using function that iterates over all combinations of given coordinates. This functionality mirrors the behavior of the Pyomo package. For complicated constraints which are hard to create with arrays of variables, it is easier (thus less efficient) to use an iterating function. For more information see the example notebook in the documentation.

  • When getting the value of a variable, the value of the variable is returned as a ScalarVariable. This is useful for the above mentioned creation of expressions and constraints with iterating functions. This affect only the direct getter function, all other functions like .sel or .isel behave as known from Xarray.

  • The docstring examples are now part of the Continuous Integration.

  • Due to problems with indexing in the latest package version, the xarray dependency was set to <=v2022.3.0.

Version 0.0.10

  • Improved type security when applying xarray functions on variables linear expressions and constraints.

  • Correct block assignment for upcoming PIPS-IPM++ implementation.

  • The function group_terms was renamed to groupby_sum.

  • A new function rolling_sum was introduced to compute rolling sums for variables and linear expressions.

Version 0.0.9

New Features

  • Numpy __array_ufunc__ was disabled in the Variable, Constraint and LinearExpression class in order to ensure persistence as the class when multiplying with numpy objects. As for pandas objects the issue must be solved.

  • The Variable class got a new accessor sol which points to the optimal values if the underlying model was optimized.

  • The Constraint class got a new accessor dual which points to the dual values if tune underlying model was optimized and dual values are existent.

  • When writing out the LP file, the handling of nan values is now checked in a more rigorous way. Before linopy was skipping and therefore ignoring constraints where the rhs was a nan value. As this behavior is not very save, such cases will raise an error now.

  • Models can now be solved on a remote machine using a ssh tunnel. The implementation automatically stores the locally initialized model to a netcdf file on the server, runs the optimization and retrieves the results. See the example Solve a model on a remote machine in the documentation for further information.

Bug Fixes

  • linopy is now continuously tested and working for Windows machines.

Version 0.0.8

New Features

  • Writing out the LP was further sped up.

  • The LP file writing for problems with “-0.0” coefficients was fixed.

Breaking changes

  • the function as_str was replaced by int_to_str and float_to_str.

Version 0.0.7

New Features

  • Add get_name_by_label function to Variables and Constraints class. It retrieves the name of the variable/constraint containing the passed integer label. This is helpful for debugging.

Bug Fixes

  • The lhs accessor for the Constraint class was fixed. This raised an error before as the _term dimension was not adjusted adequately.

  • Variables and constraints which are fully masked are now skipped in the lp-file writing. This lead to a error before.

Version 0.0.6

  • Hot fix: Assign linopy.__version__ attribute

  • Hot fix: Fix sign assignment in conversion from LinearExpression to AnonymousConstraint.

Version 0.0.5

  • LinearExpression has a new function densify_terms which reduces the _term axis to a minimal length while containing all non-zero coefficient values.

  • When summing over one or multiple axes in a LinearExpression, terms with coefficient of zeros can now be dropped automatically.

  • The export of LP files was restructured and is flat arrays under the hook to ensure performant export of long constraints.

  • Dimensions of masks passed to add_variables and add_constraints now have to be a subset of the resulting labels dimensions.

  • A new high-level function merge was added to concatenate multiple linear expressions.

  • The Variable.where function now has -1 as default fill value.

  • The return value of most Variable functions built on xarray functions now preserve the Variable type.

  • The variable labels in linear expression which are added to a model are ensured to be stored as integers.

  • A preliminary function to print out the subset of infeasible constraints was added (only available for Gurobi, based on

  • Constraints with only missing variables labels are now sanitized are receive a label -1.

  • Binary variables now also have a non-nan lower and upper value due compatibility.

  • Models can now be created using the gurobipy API, this can lead to faster total solving times.

  • .solve has a new argument io_api. If set to ‘direct’ the io solving will be performed using the python API’s. Currently only available for gurobi.

  • The Variable class now has a lower and upper accessor, which allows to inspect and modify the lower and upper bounds of a assigned variable.

  • The Constraint class now has a lhs, vars, coeffs, rhs and sign accessor, which allows to inspect and modify the left-hand-side, the signs and right-hand-side of a assigned constraint.

  • Constraints can now be build combining linear expressions with right-hand-side via a >=, <= or a == operator. This creates an AnonymousConstraint which can be passed to Model.add_constraints.

  • Add support of the HiGHS open source solver (,

Breaking changes

  • The low level IO function was renamed to, the function was removed.

  • The keep_coords flag in LinearExpression.sum and Variable.sum was dropped.

  • The run_ functions in linopy.solvers now have a new set of arguments and keyword argument, in order to make solving io more flexible.

  • ncons and nvars now count only non-missing constraints and variables.

Version 0.0.4

Package Design

The definitions of variables, constraints and linearexpression were moved to dedicated modules: linopy.variables, linopy.constraints and linopy.expressions.

Internal/Data handling

Most of the following changes are dedicated to data handling within the Model class. Users which rely on the internal structure have to expect some breaking changes.

  • The model class now stores variables and constraints in dedicated (newly added) classes, Variables and Constraints. The Variables class contains the xarray datasets labels, lower and upper. The Constraints class contains the datasets labels, coeffs, vars, sign and rhs. The two new class facilitate data access and helper functions.

  • The “_term” dimension in the LinearExpression class is now stored without coordinates.

  • As soon as a linear expression is added to a model the “_term” dimension is rename to “{constraintname}_term” in order align the model better with the contained arrays and to avoid unnecessary nans.

  • Missing values in the Model.variables.labels and Model.constraints.labels arrays are now indicated by -1. This circumvents changing the type from int to float.

  • LinearExpression now allows empty data as input.

  • The test_model_creation script was refactored.

New Features

  • The Variable class now has a accessor to get lower and upper bounds, get_lower_bound() and get_upper_bound().

  • A new Constraint class was added which enables a better visual representation of the constraints. The class also has getter function to get coefficients, variables, signs and rhs constants. The new return type of the Model.add_constraints function is Constraint.

  • add_variables and add_constraints now accept a new argument mask. The mask, which should be an boolean array, defines whether a variable/constraint is active (True) or should be ignored (False).

  • A set of experimental eval functions was added. Now one can assign variable and constraints using string expressions. For further information see linopy.Model.vareval, linopy.Model.lineval and linopy.Model.coneval.

  • Model has a new argument force_dim_names. When set to true assigned variables, constraints and data must always have custom dimension names, otherwise a ValueError is raised. These helps to avoid unintended broadcasting over dimension. Especially the use of pandas DataFrames and Series may become safer.

  • A new binaries accessor Model.binaries was added.

Version 0.0.3

  • Support assignment of variables and constraints without explicit names.

  • Add support for xarray version > 0.16

  • Add a documentation

Version 0.0.2

  • Set up first runnable prototype.