4 Installation

4.1 Try it out

It is possible to quickly try out the OptServer without going through the full installation process. The two options are:

  • Use the public instance running at https://solve.mosek.com. It is a demo with size limitations suited for testing small problems. The website has instructions and coordinates of access points.

  • Use the Docker image available from https://github.com/MOSEK/Dockerfiles/tree/master/optserver-demo . It will install the simplest stand-alone OptServer container with latest MOSEK version and with all dependencies installed internally.

The rest of this page describes the complete installation process.

4.2 Requirements

The following are prerequisites to run OptServer:

  • OptServer is only available for 64bit Linux.

  • Access to a PostgreSQL database is required.

  • MOSEK binaries are required. If the OptServer is installed from a standard MOSEK distribution, then it will naturally contain the necessary files, however an external MOSEK installation can also be used.

4.3 Locating files

The relevant files of the Optimization Server are organized as reported below

Table 4.1 Relevant files for the Optimization Server.

Relative Path



Scripts and binaries


Configuration files and certificates


Runtime directory, Web interface

where <MSKHOME> is the folder in which the MOSEK Optimization Suite has been installed.

4.4 Installation

To install OptServer and test the installation perform the following steps.

4.4.1 Run install script

Run the script <MSKHOME>/mosek/10.0/opt-server/bin/install_MosekServer to configure the server. The full list of supported options can be obtained via

./install_MosekServer --help

As a reasonable minimum the configuration should specify where to install the server, the port to listen on, the database connection string and the location of an available MOSEK installation. For example:

./install_MosekServer --inplace \
                      --port $PORT \
                      --mosekdir ../../.. \
                      --database-resource "host=/var/run/postgresql user=$USER dbname=$DBNAME sslmode=disable"

The install script creates a configuration file <MSKHOME>/mosek/10.0/opt-server/etc/Mosek/server.conf which can be edited by hand if necessary.

4.4.2 Initialize the database


./MosekServer --create-database

to initialize the database. It will use the information provided in the database connection string specified in the previous step. This step is not necessary if the database exists from a previous installation.

4.4.3 Initialize admin password (optional)

If the Web interface to the OptServer is to be used, run

./MosekServer --reset-admin

to set the password for the admin user. This step is not required if the Web GUI will not be used. Note that the GUI will only be available with SSL enabled, see Sec. 6.3 (Security).

4.4.4 Run the server

Start the server by running the script


The server will print its initial configuration and continue writing the log to a file. To obtain the full list of server options run

./MosekServer --help

For debugging purposes it is convenient to use the options

./MosekServer --debug --logfile -

This will increase the amount of debug output and redirect it to standard output.

4.4.5 Test the installation

To test that the OptServer is working properly locate, compile (if necessary) and run the example opt_server_sync.* for either C, Python, Java or C#. Examples and sample data files can be found in the distribution package under <MSKHOME>/mosek/10.0/tools/examples.

For example, assuming that MOSEK was installed in Python, one can go to the folder with Python examples and run

python opt_server_sync.py ../data/25fv47.mps $SERVER $PORT

where $SERVER:$PORT points to the OptServer. If the configuration is correct the example will print a log from solving the problem and a solution summary. In case of issues the log output of the OptServer should be consulted to determine the cause.

This example also demonstrates how to use the OptServer from the MOSEK API.