scipy.optimize.linprog(c, A_ub=None, b_ub=None, A_eq=None, b_eq=None, bounds=None, method='highs-ipm', callback=None, options={'maxiter': None, 'disp': False, 'presolve': True, 'time_limit': None, 'dual_feasibility_tolerance': None, 'primal_feasibility_tolerance': None, 'ipm_optimality_tolerance': None}, x0=None)

Linear programming: minimize a linear objective function subject to linear equality and inequality constraints using the HiGHS interior point solver.

Linear programming solves problems of the following form:

\[\begin{split}\min_x \ & c^T x \\ \mbox{such that} \ & A_{ub} x \leq b_{ub},\\ & A_{eq} x = b_{eq},\\ & l \leq x \leq u ,\end{split}\]

where \(x\) is a vector of decision variables; \(c\), \(b_{ub}\), \(b_{eq}\), \(l\), and \(u\) are vectors; and \(A_{ub}\) and \(A_{eq}\) are matrices.

Alternatively, that’s:


c @ x

such that:

A_ub @ x <= b_ub
A_eq @ x == b_eq
lb <= x <= ub

Note that by default lb = 0 and ub = None unless specified with bounds.

c1-D array

The coefficients of the linear objective function to be minimized.

A_ub2-D array, optional

The inequality constraint matrix. Each row of A_ub specifies the coefficients of a linear inequality constraint on x.

b_ub1-D array, optional

The inequality constraint vector. Each element represents an upper bound on the corresponding value of A_ub @ x.

A_eq2-D array, optional

The equality constraint matrix. Each row of A_eq specifies the coefficients of a linear equality constraint on x.

b_eq1-D array, optional

The equality constraint vector. Each element of A_eq @ x must equal the corresponding element of b_eq.

boundssequence, optional

A sequence of (min, max) pairs for each element in x, defining the minimum and maximum values of that decision variable. Use None to indicate that there is no bound. By default, bounds are (0, None) (all decision variables are non-negative). If a single tuple (min, max) is provided, then min and max will serve as bounds for all decision variables.


This is the method-specific documentation for ‘highs-ipm’. ‘highs-ipm’, ‘highs-ds’, ‘interior-point’ (default), ‘revised simplex’, and ‘simplex’ (legacy) are also available.


A scipy.optimize.OptimizeResult consisting of the fields:

x1D array

The values of the decision variables that minimizes the objective function while satisfying the constraints.


The optimal value of the objective function c @ x.

slack1D array

The (nominally positive) values of the slack, b_ub - A_ub @ x.

con1D array

The (nominally zero) residuals of the equality constraints, b_eq - A_eq @ x.


True when the algorithm succeeds in finding an optimal solution.


An integer representing the exit status of the algorithm.

0 : Optimization terminated successfully.

1 : Iteration or time limit reached.

2 : Problem appears to be infeasible.

3 : Problem appears to be unbounded.

4 : The HiGHS solver ran into a problem.


A string descriptor of the exit status of the algorithm.


The total number of iterations performed. For the HiGHS interior-point method, this does not include crossover iterations.


The number of primal/dual pushes performed during the crossover routine for the HiGHS interior-point method.

See also

For documentation for the rest of the parameters, see scipy.optimize.linprog


The maximum number of iterations to perform in either phase. For ‘highs-ipm’, this does not include the number of crossover iterations. Default is the largest possible value for an int on the platform.

dispbool (default: False)

Set to True if indicators of optimization status are to be printed to the console during optimization.

presolvebool (default: True)

Presolve attempts to identify trivial infeasibilities, identify trivial unboundedness, and simplify the problem before sending it to the main solver. It is generally recommended to keep the default setting True; set to False if presolve is to be disabled.


The maximum time in seconds allotted to solve the problem; default is the largest possible value for a double on the platform.

dual_feasibility_tolerancedouble (default: 1e-07)

The minimum of this and primal_feasibility_tolerance is used for the feasibility tolerance of ‘highs-ipm’.

primal_feasibility_tolerancedouble (default: 1e-07)

The minimum of this and dual_feasibility_tolerance is used for the feasibility tolerance of ‘highs-ipm’.

ipm_optimality_tolerancedouble (default: 1e-08)

Optimality tolerance for ‘highs-ipm’. Minimum allowable value is 1e-12.


Optional arguments not used by this particular solver. If unknown_options is non-empty, a warning is issued listing all unused options.


Method ‘highs-ipm’ is a wrapper of a C++ implementation of an interior-point method [13]; it features a crossover routine, so it is as accurate as a simplex solver. Method ‘highs-ds’ is a wrapper of the C++ high performance dual revised simplex implementation (HSOL) [13], [14]. Method ‘highs’ chooses between the two automatically. For new code involving linprog, we recommend explicitly choosing one of these three method values instead of ‘interior-point’ (default), ‘revised simplex’, and ‘simplex’ (legacy).



Huangfu, Q., Galabova, I., Feldmeier, M., and Hall, J. A. J. “HiGHS - high performance software for linear optimization.” Accessed 4/16/2020 at


Huangfu, Q. and Hall, J. A. J. “Parallelizing the dual revised simplex method.” Mathematical Programming Computation, 10 (1), 119-142, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s12532-017-0130-5

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