Getting ActivePerl

Welcome, and thank you for using ActivePerl. This is ActivePerl This release corresponds to Perl version 5.22.4. ActivePerl is ActiveState’s complete and ready-to-install distribution of Perl. It provides a one-step installation of all essential Perl modules, and extensive documentation.

ActivePerl is available on several operating systems:

  • Windows/x86 and Windows/x64
  • macOS (Universal build)
  • Linux/x86 and Linux/x86_64
  • Solaris SPARC and x86
  • HP-UX
  • AIX

ActivePerl is ActiveState’s quality-assured binary build of Perl. The latest Windows, Linux, and macOS builds are available for free to the community. Solaris, HP-UX and AIX builds are available in ActivePerl Business, Enterprise and OEM editions.

For more information, see the ActivePerl download page.

ActivePerl includes:

  • The binary core distribution of perl. See perl for details.

  • A set of useful additional CPAN modules “out of the box”.
  • The Perl Package Manager, for quick and easy install of additional Perl extension modules. See ppm for details.
  • Complete documentation in HTML format. This is found in the html subdirectory where ActivePerl was installed.

General Installation Notes

  • Version Numbers: The first three numbers of an ActivePerl release correspond to the core Perl version. The fourth number is the ActivePerl build number, which may be followed by a fifth number that specifies a modified build for ActivePerl Enterprise. For example, this release of ActivePerl is, which corresponds to Perl 5.22.3.
  • Binary Incompatibility: ActivePerl 2200 series builds (Perl 5.22) are not binary-compatible with the 2000 (Perl 5.20), and older series builds. In particular, do not attempt to use extensions or PPM packages built for an older series builds with ActivePerl 2200 series builds and vice versa.
  • Side-by-Side x64 and x86 Installation: On 64 bit operating systems which support 32 bit compatibility, both x86 and x64 versions of ActivePerl can be installed on the same system as long as they are installed in separate directories. The Windows MSI installer will suggest the following default directories to keep them separate:

    • Windows x64: C:\Perl64
    • Windows x86: C:\Perl

    Other installers will not suggest a platform-specific default install directory. You must specify a unique installation directory manually.

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Komodo IDE

Komodo IDE is ActiveState’s multi-language, cross-platform integrated development environment that features powerful editing and debugging support for Perl. Try a free evaluation .

Komodo IDE’s features include:

  • Version control
  • Graphical debugging
  • Package manager integration
  • Multi-language syntax checking and highlighting
  • Docker and Vagrant integration
  • Gulp, Grunt, Cordova/Phonegap integration
  • Chrome remote debugging
  • Unit testing
  • Code intelligence
  • Code profiling
  • Code collaboration for team development

The latest documentation for all ActiveState languages, including ActivePerl, is available at . Many other Perl resources and general information about Perl at ActiveState is available here .