Free Perl Interpreters, Compilers, Source Code, Binaries and Ports

Perl implementations and source code for a variety of operating systems

Free Perl Compilers, Interpreters, Ports, Binaries, Source Code and Implementations

Below are a list of Perl ports and binaries for various systems. Listed here are also the places where you can get the source code for Perl, should you want to compile it yourself or embed it into your program. Note that if you use Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X or a Unix-type system, chances are that you already have Perl on your system.

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Strawberry Perl

Strawberry Perl is a binary distribution of Perl for Windows that allows you to install it wherever you want, even on a USB flash drive. It aims to be self-contained, avoiding conflicts with other programs that may already be installed on your computer. (Conflicts sometimes occur between programs when they install some of their common components into a directory that is shared with each other. If these programs expect a certain version of these shared components, but get a different one, havoc ensues.)


IndigoPerl includes the binaries for Perl, the Apache web server, and PHP in a single package. It also has a browser-based GUI Package Manager for installing Perl modules.

ActiveState ActivePerl Community Edition

This site has binaries of Perl for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Their licence apparently only allows you to use it for development and test (non-production) machines.

Perl Core Development

You can get the source code for Perl (including the versions under development) from this site.


mod_perl is an embedded Perl interpreter for the Apache web server. Since it is integrated into the HTTP server, the server does not need to start a separate Perl interpreter process to interpret your scripts, possibly reducing the overhead on your server and improving the response times of your script-driven pages.


If you use a Macintosh, you might be interested to know that there is a Perl port. There are versions for both the 68K and PowerPC processors. It can run under the Mac OS Finder or the Macintosh Programmers Workshop (MPW) (which you can also get free — see the Free C/C++ Compilers page for details). It is not just a port since it also includes additional Macintosh-specific features.

CPAN - Comprehensive Perl Archive Network

CPAN is a massive repository of Perl resources, from Perl modules, scripts, binary distributions or ports, source code, and so on.

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