Integrating AnyLogic Models with External Java Applications

AnyLogic provides users with the easy mechanism of integrating AnyLogic models with external Java applications. External applications can integrate with databases, external files and other applications. This enables users to embed simulation models in more complex decision-making systems.

AnyLogic comes with a set of special How To models demonstrating different integration scenarios and containing code that can be used as a starting point in case you need some particular integration case and want to develop the given solution further in your Java project.

If you are interested in some integration scenario, you can consult the corresponding help document and reuse the code from the how-to model by following the detailed explanations given in the document.

Launching AnyLogic Model from External Application

AnyLogic provides users with the easy mechanism of integrating AnyLogic models with external Java applications.

AnyLogic comes with a set of special How To models demonstrating different integration scenarios and containing code that can be used as a starting point in case you need some particular integration case and want to develop the given solution further in your Java project.

This article describes how to launch AnyLogic model (and display its model window enabling the user to control the model execution) from external Java application. This integration case is implemented in the following how-to model:

How-To model: Launching AnyLogic Model from External Application

Let's study what should be done to launch the model from external Java application so that its model window is shown. Please open this how-to model by clicking the link given above. Study the model inner structure.

The model contains:

Open MyApplication Java class by double-clicking it in the Projects view. You will see the following code there:


System.out.println() calls just output some information about the model run progress, so you should pay your great attention here to the following lines.

First of all:

final Simulation s = new Simulation();

Here the constructor of the simulation experiment named Simulation is called. Please note that Simulation here is the name of the simulation experiment in this particular model, not the name of the base class for simulation experiments in AnyLogic. In case the experiment is named MyExperiment, you need to write MyExperiment s = new MyExperiment();

Next, we call the constructor to create a host object for the simulation experiment:

IExperimentHost host = new ExperimentHost( s );

Then you may notice the following functions being called:

s.setup(host);

host.launch();

The function setup() of the experiment performs the initialization of the simulation. We pass the host object created before as an argument of this function.

The function launch() creates the model presentation window.

Finally the experiment function runTheModel() is called. This function is declared right in the model, you can find it on the simulation experiment's diagram. It runs the model and shows the presentation of the model's top level agent in the model window.

You can also see that you can easily set up experiment parameter values - they are accessible as experiment fields simply by their names. Here we set 0.012345 as the value of Fraction parameter by writing s.Fraction=0.012345; Note that your external application may choose and set up arbitrary values for the model parameters.

To check how this integration scenario works

  1. Open this how-to model and export it as standalone application.
  2. Modify bat/sh/cmd file by changing class name from Simulation to MyApplication.
  3. Run the bat/sh/cmd file and see how it works.

If you want to use the described technique in your application and continue developing it further in some Java IDE, please follow the steps described below. We will describe how to apply this solution in Java project created in Java IDE Eclipse. If you do not have Java project in Eclipse, create it as described here (online help documentation on Eclipse web site).

To use the described technique in your Java application

  1. First of all we need to export the model as standalone application (we recommend to export the model directly to the folder of your Java project).
  2. Add the .jar files created on the model export to your Java project. Therefore first refresh the project tree by right-clicking (Mac OS: Ctrl clicking) the project item in the tree and choosing the Refresh command from the pop-up menu.

  1. Now you will see new files appeared in the project folder.

  2. Select compiled .jar file of the model (model.jar) and choose Build path > Add to build path from the context menu. Do not add the bat/cmd/sh files since their purpose is just to launch the exported model and we do not need them in our project.

  3. In the same manner add all .jar files required for successful model compilation. The folders that contain them are highlighted in the image below. Expand each folder in Package Explorer and select all .jar files inside to add them to build path:


  1. Import the package required to setup the model application by typing the following line in the very beginning of the class code in your project:

    import com.anylogic.engine.gui.*;

    Note that you can use the usual Code Completion (displayed on pressing Ctrl space) while typing code in Eclipse.

  2. Import the package containing the model classes. Type the following code in the next line:

    import <model_package_name>.*;

    (You can find the model package name in the Advanced properties section of the AnyLogic model)



    In this particular case we will type:

    import launching_model.*;

    The class code of your project should look as follows:


  3. Now you can refer to model classes in the code of your project. The easiest way to implement the described solution is just to copy the function main() from the model's Java class MyApplication into the class of your Java project:

That's all, now you can run the class as Java application. You will see that the launched application opens the model window. It is the usual model window, that is created and displayed on the model run.

You can see the output information displayed in the Eclipse Console view.


Running the Model from Outside Without Presentation Window

AnyLogic provides users with the easy mechanism of integrating AnyLogic models with external Java applications.

AnyLogic comes with a set of special How To models demonstrating different integration scenarios and containing code that can be used as a starting point in case you need some particular integration case and want to develop the given solution further in your Java project.

This article describes how to run AnyLogic model without UI from external Java application. This integration case is implemented in the following how-to model:

How-To model: Running the Model from Outside Without Presentation Window

Let's study what should be done to make the model run without model window from external Java application. Open this how-to model by clicking the link above. Study the model's inner structure.

The model contains:

Open MyApplication Java class by double-clicking it in the Projects view. You will see the following code there:


System.out.println() calls just output some information about the model run progress, so you should pay your great attention here to just two lines.

First of all, to the line CustomExperiment ex = new CustomExperiment(null); Here the constructor of the custom experiment named CustomExperiment is called. Please note that CustomExperiment here is the name of the custom experiment in this particular model, not the name of the base class for custom experiments in AnyLogic. In case the experiment is named MyExperiment, you need to write
MyExperiment s = new MyExperiment(null);

This constructor has the argument that accepts the parent of this custom experiment - in case you call the custom experiment from simulation experiment, you should pass the link to this simulation experiment as the argument of the custom experiment's constructor.

Another important line of code is ex.run(). Here we run the created experiment ex by calling its function run().

Also you can see that you can easily set up experiment parameter values - they are accessible as experiment fields simply by their names. Here we set 0.012345 as the value of Fraction parameter by writing ex.Fraction=0.012345; Note that your external application may choose and set up arbitrary values for the model parameters.

To check how this integration scenario works

  1. Open this how-to model and export it as standalone application.
  2. Modify bat/sh/cmd file by changing class name from CustomExperiment to MyApplication.
  3. Run the bat/sh/cmd file and see how it works.

If you want to use the described technique in your application and continue developing it further in some Java IDE, please follow the steps described below. We will describe how to apply this solution in Java project created in Java IDE Eclipse. If you do not have Java project in Eclipse, create it as described here (online help documentation on Eclipse web site).

To use the described technique in your Java application

  1. First of all we need to export the model as standalone application (we recommend to export the model directly to the folder of your Java project).

  2. Add the .jar files created on the model export to your Java project. Therefore first refresh the project tree by right-clicking (Mac OS: Ctrl clicking) the project item in the tree and choosing the Refresh command from the pop-up menu.

  1. Now you will see new files appeared in the project folder.

  2. Select compiled .jar file of the model (model.jar) and choose Build path> Add to build path from the context menu. Do not add the bat/cmd/sh files since their purpose is just to launch the exported model and we do not need them in our project.

  3. In the same manner add all .jar files required for successful model compilation. The folders that contain them are highlighted in the image below. Expand each folder and select all .jar files inside to add them to build path:


  4. Import the package containing the model classes by typing the following line in the very beginning of the class code in your project:

    import <model_package_name>.*;

    (You can find the model package name in the Advanced properties section of the AnyLogic model)


    So, in this particular case we will type:

    import running_model_outside.*;



    Note that you can use usual Code Completion (displayed on pressing Ctrl space) while typing code in Eclipse.

  5. Now you can refer to model classes in the code of your project. The easiest way to implement the described solution is just to copy the function main() from the model's Java class MyApplication into the class of your Java project:

That's all, now you can check how it works - run the class as Java application. You will see that the custom experiment was run but the model window was not shown. You can see the output information displayed in the Eclipse Console view.