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Before getting started installing Perl (ActivePerl) please make sure you have read and comply with the general requirements.
System Requirements for Installing Perl (ActivePerl)
Recommended 200MB hard disk space for typical Perl (ActivePerl) install
Web browser for online help
Installing Perl (ActivePerl) for Windows
x86 or x64 architecture
Windows XP or later
Installing Perl (ActivePerl) forMac
PowerPC or x86 architecture
Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" or later
Installing Perl (ActivePerl) for Linux
x86 or x86_64 architecture
glibc-2.3+ (e.g. Red Hat 9+, Oracle Enterprise Linux 4+)
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 188.8.131.522, which corresponds to Perl 5.12.2.
ActivePerl 1000 series builds (Perl 5.10) are not binary-compatible with the older 800 (Perl 5.8) and 600 (Perl 5.6) series builds. In particular, do not attempt to use extensions or PPM packages built for an older series builds with ActivePerl 1000 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
Detailed instructions on how to install Perl (ActivePerl), on the following platforms are available here:
- How to install ActivePerl on Windows (x86)
- How to install ActivePerl on Mac OS X (x86, powerpc)
- How to install ActivePerl on Linux (x86)
- How to install ActivePerl on Solaris (sparc, x86)*
- How to install ActivePerl on AIX (rs6000)*
- How to install ActivePerl on HP-UX (PA-RISC)
For installing Perl modules, please use the Perl Package Manager.