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C++ TraCIAPI client library

The C++ TraCIAPI is client library that is part of the SUMO-source tree. The library can be downloaded as part of the source distribution. Examle code that uses the library is at <SUMO_HOME> /src/traci_testclient/TraCITestClient.cpp. Doxygen-generated documentation can be found here

Due to not being the main client library for use by the core developers, this client library is sometimes tailing behind in API converage

Building the Library

To build the library without building SUMO, the following dependencies from the SUMO-source directory must be present:


Additionally, the file config.h must be present but these files can be left empty. If SUMO was built, they can either be found in the src or the cmake-build/src directory)

If you chose to copy all these files into the same directory, the include paths in TraCIAPI.h and TraCIAPI.cpp need to be patched as well.

Building on Windows

The file ws2_32.lib must be added to the linker files in the project properties (it contains the windows socket calls) to avoid linker errors.


The TraCI-Testclient is an application for testing the server side of the TRaCI-API. When using it as the basis for your own control script one needs to be aware of its two operating modes:

Feeding raw TraCI commands to SUMO

In this operating mode, the full TraCI-API is supported. Example input files typically look like:

repeat 50 simstep2 0
setvalue 0xc4 0x31 veh0 <string> e_vo0
simstep2 200

This mode is meant for testing the server side and is unsuitable for building a control program that mixes TraCI calls with custom code.

Testing the TraCIAPI client library

In this mode the client library itself is used. Example code looks like:

SUMOTime t = simulation.getCurrentTime();
std::vector<std::string> = edge.getIDList();

Example Code

#include <iostream>
#include <utils/traci/TraCIAPI.h>
class Client : public TraCIAPI {
    Client() {};
    ~Client() {};

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
    Client client;
    client.connect("localhost", 1337);
    std::cout << "time in ms: " << client.simulation.getCurrentTime() << "\n";
    std::cout << "run 5 steps ...\n";
    client.simulationStep(5 * 1000);
    std::cout << "time in ms: " << client.simulation.getCurrentTime() << "\n";

compiling when sumo is already built

g++ -std=c++0x -o test TraCIAPITest.cpp utils/traci/libtraci.a foreign/tcpip/storage.o foreign/tcpip/socket.o -I .

compiling with all files in the same directory

g++ -std=c++0x -o test TraCIAPITest.cpp TraCIAPI.cpp socket.cpp storage.cpp


sumo -c test.sumocfg --remote-port 1337 &