Getting Started

Installation Instructions:

From your python environment (we recommend Anaconda), just type:

pip install 'openmdao[all]'

Note

The [all] suffix to the install command ensures that you get all the optional dependencies (e.g. for testing and visualization). You can omit this for a minimal installation.

The quotation marks are required to prevent some command shells (e.g. zsh) from trying to interpret the square brackets.

Alternatively, in a Jupyter notebook environment such as Google Colab, you can install OpenMDAO by running the above as a shell command (precede it with !).

The examples in this documentation will do this for you using the following block. This simply installs OpenMDAO if it is not already available. This is not typically necessary if you’re running OpenMDAO on your local computer.

Sample Optimization File

With OpenMDAO installed, let’s try out a simple example, to get you started running your first optimization. Copy the following code into a file named paraboloid_min.py:

import openmdao.api as om

# build the model
prob = om.Problem()

prob.model.add_subsystem('paraboloid', om.ExecComp('f = (x-3)**2 + x*y + (y+4)**2 - 3'))

# setup the optimization
prob.driver = om.ScipyOptimizeDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = 'SLSQP'

prob.model.add_design_var('paraboloid.x', lower=-50, upper=50)
prob.model.add_design_var('paraboloid.y', lower=-50, upper=50)
prob.model.add_objective('paraboloid.f')

prob.setup()

# Set initial values.
prob.set_val('paraboloid.x', 3.0)
prob.set_val('paraboloid.y', -4.0)

# run the optimization
prob.run_driver();
Optimization terminated successfully.    (Exit mode 0)
            Current function value: -27.33333333333333
            Iterations: 5
            Function evaluations: 6
            Gradient evaluations: 5
Optimization Complete
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Then, to run the file, simply type:

>> python paraboloid_min.py

If all works as planned, results should appear as such:

import openmdao.api as om

# build the model
prob = om.Problem()

prob.model.add_subsystem('paraboloid', om.ExecComp('f = (x-3)**2 + x*y + (y+4)**2 - 3'))

# setup the optimization
prob.driver = om.ScipyOptimizeDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = 'SLSQP'

prob.model.add_design_var('paraboloid.x', lower=-50, upper=50)
prob.model.add_design_var('paraboloid.y', lower=-50, upper=50)
prob.model.add_objective('paraboloid.f')

prob.setup()

# Set initial values.
prob.set_val('paraboloid.x', 3.0)
prob.set_val('paraboloid.y', -4.0)

# run the optimization
prob.run_driver();
Optimization terminated successfully.    (Exit mode 0)
            Current function value: -27.33333333333333
            Iterations: 5
            Function evaluations: 6
            Gradient evaluations: 5
Optimization Complete
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