Further features

Model and solution management

HiGHS has comprehensive tools for defining and extracting models. This can be done either to/from MPS or (CPLEX) format LP files, or via method calls. HiGHS also has methods that permit the incumbent model to be modified. Solutions can be supplied and extracted using either files or method calls.

Extracting model data

The numbers of column, rows and nonzeros in the model are returned by the methods getNumCols, getNumRows, and getNumEntries respectively.

Model data can be extracted for a single column or row by specifying the index of the column or row and calling the methods getCol and getRow.

As well as returning the value of the cost and bounds, these methods also return the number of nonzeros in the corresponding column or row of the constraint matrix. The indices and values of the nonzeros can be obtained using the methods getColEntries and getRowEntries.

For multiple columns and rows defined by a set of indices, the corresponding data can be extracted using the methods getCols, getRows, getColsEntries and getRowsEntries.

Specific matrix coefficients obtained using the method getCoeff.

Modifying model data

The most immediate model modification is to change the sense of the objective. By default, HiGHS minimizes the model's objective function. The objective sense can be set to minimize (maximize) using changeObjectiveSense.

Model data for can be changed for one column or row by specifying the index of the column or row, together with the new scalar value for the cost or bounds, the specific methods being changeColCost, changeColBounds. The corresponding method for a row is changeRowBounds. Changes for multiple columns or rows are defined by supplying a list of indices, together with arrays of new values, using the methods changeColsCost, changeColsBounds. The corresponding method for a row is changeRowsBounds. An individual matrix coefficient is changed by passing its row index, column index and new value to changeCoeff.

Hot start

It may be possible for HiGHS to start solving a model using data obtained by solving a related model, or supplied by a user. Whether this is possible depends on the the class of model being solved, the solver to be used, and the modifications (if any) that have been to the incumbent model since it was last solved.


To run HiGHS from a user-defined solution or basis, this is passed to HiGHS using the methods setSolution or setBasis.