Installing AMPL at Home

For Windows

You can easily set up AMPL on your (Windows) computer by:

  1. Downloading a "starter kit" from the AMPL website;
  2. Extracting it on your computer;
  3. Creating a batch file to set up AMPL.

Downloading AMPL

  1. Go to the AMPL website at
  2. Click on the download link to get the Student Edition.


  3. Get the quick start zip file (for Windows) and save it to the appropriate directory . Here we will use
     = C:\Temp


Your directory should look like this:


Extracting AMPL

Open the zip file and extract it into . Make sure to check Use folder names.

After extraction your directory should look like this:


Creating a Batch File

To simplify your use of AMPL it is easiest to set it up to run from any directory. To do this you need to create a batch file that will set the path to your AMPL executable and then open a Command Line (aka DOS Prompt) window. Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Right click on the Desktop and create a new Text Document.


  2. Name the document setup_ampl.bat. If queried about changing the extension, click Yes.


  3. Open Notepad. Go to the start menu, select Programs, then Accessories and finally Notepad.


  4. Open setup_ampl.bat in Notepad.


  5. Add the following lines to setup_ampl.bat:
    path %path%;\amplcml
    start cmd.exe


  6. Save setup_ampl.bat and then double click on setup_ampl.bat in your Desktop. You will get a command line window (also known as a DOS prompt) pop up and your path will be set to find AMPL.


You can now run AMPL from anywhere on your computer.

-- MichaelOSullivan - 27 Feb 2008

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