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Homotopy Type Theory is an interpretation of Martin-Löf’s intensional type theory into abstract homotopy theory. Propositional equality is interpreted as homotopy and type isomorphism as homotopy equivalence. Logical constructions in type theory then correspond to homotopy-invariant constructions on spaces, while theorems and even proofs in the logical system inherit a homotopical meaning. As the natural logic of homotopy, type theory is also related to higher category theory as it is used e.g. in the notion of a higher topos.

The HoTT library is a development of homotopy-theoretic ideas in the Coq proof assistant. It draws many ideas from Vladimir Voevodsky's Foundations library (which has since been incorporated into the UniMath library) and also cross-pollinates with the HoTT-Agda library. See also: HoTT in Lean2, Spectral Sequences in Lean2, and Cubical Agda.

More information about this library can be found in:

  • The HoTT Library: A formalization of homotopy type theory in Coq, Andrej Bauer, Jason Gross, Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine, Mike Shulman, Matthieu Sozeau, Bas Spitters, 2016 arXiv CPP17

Other publications related to the library can be found here.


The HoTT library is part of the Coq Platform and can be installed using the installation instructions there.

More detailed installation instructions are provided in the file


The HoTT library can be used like any other Coq library. If you wish to use the HoTT library in your own project, make sure to put the following arguments in your _CoqProject file:

-arg -noinit
-arg -indices-matter

For more advanced use such as contribution see

We recommend the following text editors:

Other methods of developing in coq will work as long as the correct arguments are passed.


Contributions to the HoTT library are very welcome! For style guidelines and further information, see the file


The library is released under the permissive BSD 2-clause license, see the file LICENSE.txt for further information. In brief, this means you can do whatever you like with it, as long as you preserve the Copyright messages. And of course, no warranty!


More information can be found in the Wiki.