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POLARIS provides libraries and tools to help transportation engineers create transportation system simulations, and in particular to simulate a Traffic Management Center along with ITS infrastructure. It provides implementation of vented models in transportation community so that those can be reused by application developers.

The project is distributed under BSD license.

POLARIS can be run in a Windows or a Linux(under development) environment. Instructions are given below.


Install This

Tools needed to clone the code from GitHub, to build a project using cmake, and develop code in Visual Studio.

  • git
  • cmake 3.2.2 or newer (3.5.2 recommended - NOTE there is a bug in 3.8.0 concerning slashes in paths when locating Boost)
  • Visual Studio 2015 (Update 2 recommended)

Get the Dependencies

Libraries and other dependencies can be downloaded using the provided command script.

Here is the list of dependencies:

  • Boost 1.60
  • odb-2.4.0-x86_64-windows
  • libodb-2.4.0
  • libodb-sqlite-2.4.0
  • sqlite3 (3.11.1)
  • rapidjson-1.1.0

Run the command sript to download, extract and build the dependencies:

git clone "" <code_dir>
cd <code_dir>/polarisdeps
get-deps.cmd <dependencies_dir>

This may take a while so be patient.

Build Code Using Cmake

Download polaris in an appropriate directory. Be sure the POLARIS_DEPS_DIR variable is set or supply the dependency folder to the configure_polaris script. The argument to the configure script will ovrride the environment variable.

git clone "" <code_dir>
cd <code_dir>
configure-polaris.cmd <dependencies_dir>
cd build_vs2015

Open Visual Studio:


Or use msbuild: (NOTE: this should be performed in a Visual Studio Native Tools Command Shell)

msbuild polaris.sln /p:Configuration=Debug /p:Platform=x64
msbuild polaris.sln /p:Configuration=Release /p:Platform=x64
-- or

Or combine the configuration and build steps into one: configure-and-build-polaris.cmd <dependencies_dir>

Execution binary for debug is located in <code_dir>\build_vs2015\bin\Debug Execution binary for release is located in <code_dir>\build_vs2015\bin\Release

Linux (Not currently supported - Under Development)


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