Soar Software Archive
The Soar Software Archive contains publically-released versions of the
Soar software system for several computer architectures. Manuals
describing the Soar system are also kept here. In addition, Soar developers
can find some tools to help in the development of Soar programs.
The currently supported version of Soar is
a C-based implementation, available for Unix and Mac platforms.
Several releases of
are available for Unix, Mac and Dos platforms.
Soar 7 replaces the user interface of Soar 6 with
Manual pages for Soar 7 beta are available.
Following, you will find a description of the main contents of
the Soar Software Archive. Of course, you are welcome to peruse
the entire contents of
the Soar archive via FTP.
README file contains general
information about this archive that FTP users should read first.
Software - Soar 7
The repository of
related files includes releases for Unix and Mac systems.
An extension of "full" indicates Tcl, Tk and Blt are included
in the distribution.
All of the release filenames are identified via
the extension 7.X.Y.Z where X and Y are
numbers, and Z is an optional letter. X corresponds to a major revision and
Y to a minor revision. Z is one of:
Latest Unix releases:
- Alpha release (Newest bug fixes -- tested internally)
- Beta release (The most recently released version) and
- Gamma release (The most stable known released version)
Macintosh releases contain the suffix hqx to indicate these files are
binhexed self extracting archives. Most Mac compression utilities have the
ability to un-binhex a file. An extension of Build/full indicates that both the
MacSoar executable and files needed to compile MacSoar using CodeWarrior 8
are included in the distribution. An extension of PPC indicates a PowerMac
specific release for MacSoar 7.0.0 only, all later MacSoar releases use a
fat binary, or executable that contains both 68K and PPC executable code.
Latest Mac releases:
Software - Soar 6
The repository of
related files includes releases for Unix systems, MS Windows,
and the Mac. The latest Soar 6 release for Unix is
6.2.5.tar.Z. All of the Unix release
filenames are identified via the prefix 6.X.YZ where X and Y are
numbers, and Z is a letter. X corresponds to a major revision and
Y to a minor revision. Z is one of the letters a, b or g standing
for alpha, beta and gamma respectively, as explained above.
While Unix is the primary platform for Soar system development, Soar
has been ported to Intel-based architectures which run MS Windows:
and the Mac:
installation instructions written for Unix versions, although
installers on other architectures may find some of the information
wishing to use the multi-agent facility of Soar will probably want to
initial version of the multi-agent documentation although this can
also be found in the
Soar User's Manual.
There is also some
installation information for WinSoar
installation information for MacSoar.
Historians will want to read the original
release notes from
detailing the initial version of Soar 6.
The Soar Development Environment (SDE) is a facility for developing Soar
programs using GNU Emacs. It includes programming facilities tailored for
Soar and a powerful interface for interacting with Soar itself. This
tool was developed by Mike Hucka (firstname.lastname@example.org) and is currently
being enhanced. SDE users keep in touch via the email newsgroup
A socket package enabling external systems to interact more easily
with Soar is provided in MONGSU. MONGSU is named after its developers.
TclSoar replaces the command-line interpreter initially provided in
Soar 6.0.0 with the
embeddable, programmable shell. TclSoar also includes the Tk
extension to provide dynamic GUI creation.
Dismal is a package for aligning subject protocols with Soar output.
Soar mode is an predecessor to SDE that provides Soar editing support
in the Emacs text editor.
The archive also provides a place for users to contribute useful
The SimTime package for Soar-6 is intended to provide some of the
capabilities of Mark Wiesmeyer's EDT (Event and Decision Timing)
package that was available in Soar-5. The SimTime system simulates
the passage of real time (hence the name) as a function of the
cognitive behavior of your Soar model. It may be used in a
limited way without any knowledge of C language programming, but to
capture its full power it is necessary to be able to write Soar-6
I/O code in C. The SimTime package was developed by
Greg Nelson (email@example.com).
Manuals - Soar 7
There is a user's manual available for Soar, as well as a few additional
In general, hardcopy of Soar documentation can be obtained at no charge by
sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
by writing to the physical address listed on the Soar homepage. You may also
submit your request
via the Web.
- The Soar User's Manual is the primary reference for Soar. It includes a
description of the Soar architecture, the syntax of Soar programs, and
the Soar user interface.
- The Soar Coloring Book is written for novice Soar users, and guides the
reader through several example tasks and exercises.
- The Soar Advanced Applications Manual is written for advanced Soar
users. This guide describes how to add input and output routines to
Soar programs, how to run multiple Soar ``agents'' from a single Soar
image, and how to extend Soar by adding your own user-interface
functions, simulators, or graphical user interfaces.
- The Soar Development Environment Manual describes the Soar Development
Environment (SDE), which is an Emacs interface that simplifies many of
the repetitive tasks involved in writing a Soar program.
However, at this time all external documentation is under revision (to update
it with the current software release), and is not available in hardcopy.
Electronic draft versions (in postscript) are available for most of the
manuals listed above. Send mail to email@example.com
for more information.
Manuals - Soar 6
Although the software listed above is in the public domain, the
Soar User's Manual, Version 6, Edition 1 remains under
tar file of the current version
is maintained in the archive.
To obtain a hardcopy (at no charge) send a request
(including your physical mail address) to firstname.lastname@example.org or
to the physical address listed on the
Soar homepage. You may also submit your request
via the Web.
Thomas M. Head