Polymake.jl is a Julia package for using polymake, a software for research in polyhedral geometry from Julia. This package is developed as part of the OSCAR project.

The current version of Polymake.jl relies on polymake version 4.0 or later.

Current state of the polymake wrapper

Data structures

  • Big objects, e.g., Polytopes, can be handled in Julia.
  • Several small objects (data types) from polymake are available in Polymake.jl:
    • Integers (Polymake.Integer <: Integer)
    • Rationals (Polymake.Rational <: Real)
    • Vectors (Polymake.Vector <: AbstractVector) of Int64s, Float64s, Polymake.Integers and Polymake.Rationals
    • Matrices (Polymake.Matrix <: AbstractMatrix) of Int64s, Float64s, Polymake.Integers and Polymake.Rationals
    • Sets (Polymake.Set <: AbstractSet) of Int64s
    • Arrays (Polymake.Array <: AbstractVector, as Polymake.Arrays are one-dimensional) of Int64s and Polymake.Integers
    • some combinations thereof, e.g., Polymake.Arrays of Polymake.Sets of Int32s.

These data types can be converted to appropriate Julia types, but are also subtypes of the corresponding Julia abstract types (as indicated above), and so should be accepted by all methods that apply to the abstract types.

Note: If the returned small object has not been wrapped in Polymake.jl yet, you will not be able to access its content or in general use it from Julia, however you can always pass it back as an argument to a polymake function. Moreover you may try to convert to Julia understandable type via macro @convert_to SomeType{Template, Names} obj.


  • All user functions from polymake are available in the appropriate modules, e.g. homology function from topaz can be called as topaz.homology(...) in julia. We pull the docstrings for functions from polymake as well, so ?topaz.homology (in Julia's REPL) returns the polymake docstring. Note: the syntax presented in the docstring is a polymake syntax, not Polymake.jl one.
  • Most of the user functions from polymake are available as appname.funcname(...) in Polymake.jl. Moreover, any function from polymake C++ library can be called via macro call @pm appname.funcname{C++{template, names}}(...).
  • All big objects of polymake can be constructed either via call to constructor, i.e.
obj = appname.BigObject(args)

One can specify some templates here as well: polytope.Polytope{Float64}(...) is a valid call, but the list of supported types is rather limited. Please consider filing a bug if a valid call results in polymake error. For more advanced use see section on @pm macro.

  • Properties of big objects are accessible by bigobject.property syntax (as opposed to $bigobject->property in polymake). If there is a missing property please check if it can be accessed by appname.property(object). For example polytope.Polytope does not have DIM property in Polymake.jl sinc DIM is exposed as polytope.dim(...) function.
  • Methods are available as functions in the appropriate modules, with the first argument as the object, i.e. $bigobj->methodname(...) can be called via appname.methodname(bigobj, ...)
  • A function in Polymake.jl calling polymake may return a big or small object, and the generic return (PropertyValue) is transparently converted to one of the known data types. This conversion can be deactivated by adding keep_PropertyValue=true keyword argument to function/method call.

User Guide


The development of this Julia package is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG within the Collaborative Research Center TRR 195.