The E Theorem Prover



E is a theorem prover for full first-order logic with equality. It accepts a problem specification, typically consisting of a number of first-order clauses or formulas, and a conjecture, again either in clausal or full first-order form. The system will then try to find a formal proof for the conjecture, assuming the axioms.

If a proof is found, the system can provide a detailed list of proof steps that can be individually verified. If the conjecture is existential (i.e. it is of the form "there exists an X with property P"), more recent versions can also provide possible answers (values for X).

Development of E started as part of the E-SETHEO project at TUM. The first public release was in in 1998, and the system has been continuously improved ever since. I believe that E now is one of the most powerful and friendly reasoning systems for first-order logic. The prover has successfully participated in many competitions.


Latest news

E 2.5 Avongrove is now available. This is a cleaned-up release of the CASC-J10 version and should be functionally identical to the competition prover. The main changes over E 2.4 are stronger rewriting, better search heuristics, and improved automatic modes.

The new version is available from the Download page.

[CASC-J10 Trophies]

E 2.5 Avongrove (pre-release) has won the UEQ and LTB divisions of CASC-J10. It has also won third places in FOF and (rather by accident) FNT. E also was the reasoning engine of Enigma, which came in second in FOF. The official release will be available immediately. It also is available via the public github repository.