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core.unify is a Clojure contrib library providing the following features:

  • Factory functions for constructing unification binding, subst, and unification functions, with or without occurs checking

  • Packaged functions for unification binding, subst, and unification functions, with or without occurs checking, recognizing variables tagged as symbols prefixed with ? characters

core.unify is based on a library named Unifycle, found at that has been deprecated.

more information

Differences from core.logic

core.unify provides a la carte unification facilities that are not deeply tied into the operation of a logic engine. While core.logic does provide a similar simple unifier interface with support for specifying fine-grained constraints, if you have no need for a logic programming system, core.unify may be a better fit.

Releases and Dependency Information

Latest stable release: 0.5.7

CLI/deps.edn dependency information:

org.clojure/core.unify {:mvn/version "0.5.7"}

Leiningen dependency information:

[org.clojure/core.unify "0.5.7"]

Maven dependency information:


Example Usage

    (use 'clojure.core.unify)

    (unifier '((?a * ?x ** 2) + (?b * ?x) + ?c) 
         '(?z + (4 * 5) + 3))

    ;=> ((?a * 5 ** 2) + (4 * 5) + 3)	

Refer to docstrings in the clojure.core.unify namespace.

Developer Information

Change Log

  • Release 0.5.7 on 2016.07.25
    • Fixed macro that produced invalid fn names
  • Release 0.5.6 on 2013.03.07
    • Removed nil bindings
  • Release 0.5.5 on 2013.01.25
    • Exposed lvar? function
    • Added extract-lvars function
    • Exposed flatten-bindings function
  • Release 0.5.4 on 2013.01.24
    • Added 3-arg version of unify and unify- allowing an additional environment map.
  • Release 0.5.3 on 2012.05.25
    • Added variable? function
    • Unification of seqs of differing lengths fails (as expected)
  • Release 0.5.2 on 2012.01.08
    • Removed reflection warnings
  • Release 0.5.1 on 2011.10.11
    • Rolled in basis of Unifycle

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) Rich Hickey and Michael Fogus, 2012. All rights reserved. The use and distribution terms for this software are covered by the Eclipse Public License 1.0 ( which can be found in the file epl-v10.html at the root of this distribution. By using this software in any fashion, you are agreeing to be bound bythe terms of this license. You must not remove this notice, or any other, from this software.