The KIV System


KIV is a tool for formal systems development and interactive verification. It can be employed, e.g.,

Special care was (and is) taken to provide strong proof support for all validation and verification tasks. KIV can handle large scale formal models by efficient proof techniques, multi-user support, and an ergonomical user interface. It has been used in a number of industrial pilot applications, but is also useful as an educational tool for formal methods courses.

KIV uses the Scala programming language and is integrated into the Eclipse platform as a plugin.

Getting Started


Overview Paper

Short Intro

Project Gallery

Documentation (pdf) and KIV Projects (zip) that are required for the exercises described in the documentation (solutions are available on request).



KIV comes as an Eclipse plugin which you can download from the update site listed below. The plugin depends on parts of the Scala IDE for Scala 2.12, which can be found at You can install the Scala IDE explicitly (recommended!), which already has the Scala plugin, but it is sufficient to just enable the respective update site. Eclipse will resolve the dependencies and pull only what is necessary to run KIV. Note that previous versions of Scala are incompatible.

Installation steps

  1. In Eclipse, select Help, Install New Software ....
  2. If you are not using the Scala IDE, Add the update site for Scala version 2.12
    and select Scala IDE for Eclipse for installation (Installing the feature Scala 2.12.3 should be sufficient for running the KIV plugin, however this is not recommended).
  3. Add the update site for KIV for Eclipse
    and install the features KIV Eclipse Integration and KIV Standard Library as well as all necessary KIV Dependencies.
  4. After restarting Eclipse, you can open the KIV perspective under Window then Open Perspective -> Other.
  5. You may wish to read with the Quick Start.

See also the Eclipse documentation: "Updating and installing software".


Previous Eclipse Update Sites

License Agreement

Copyright (c) 2013-present Department of Software Engineering, Augsburg University

KIV is copyrighted by University of Augsburg, Formal Methods group of the chair
of Software Engineering (Prof. Reif). This license grants the signer a
non-transferable and non-exclusive right to use KIV. This license is restricted
to noncommercial use. KIV is provided on an "as is" basis, without warranty or
liability of any kind. The Licensee agrees not to modify, or disassemble any of
the software files KIV consists of. This license is free of charge.

The KIV distribution contains two libraries: The Kodkod constraint solver and the JGraphX graph visualization package. During the installation you will be prompted to accept the respective licenses as well.


For general information and support please contact Gerhard Schellhorn. For help with the installation, please contact Jörg Pfähler or Stefan Bodenmüller.