Perl from ActiveState

ActivePerl: Support your mission-critical applications with commercial-grade Perl from ActiveState – The world’s most trusted Perl distribution.

Start developing with Perl for free on Windows, Mac and Linux

Trusted by Developers, Proven for the Enterprise


The #1 Perl solution used by enterprises

Save time and stop worrying about support, security and license compliance. With the top Perl packages precompiled, and a range of commercial support options, ActivePerl lets your team focus on productivity with Perl that “just works”.


  • Essential tools for Perl development including CGI scripting, debugging, testing and other utilities
  • Major ActivePerl components such as OLE Browser, PerlScript, Perl for ISAPI, PerlEx and Perlez
  • Windows scripting with specific documentation for ActivePerl on Windows
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Get your Apps to Market Faster


ActivePerl includes the top Perl packages, pre-verified to ensure against outdated or vulnerable versions, incompatibility and improper licensing, so you can:

  • Increase developer productivity
  • Enable and secure mission-critical applications
  • Satisfy corporate requirements for support, security and open source license compliance


ActivePerl, featuring hundreds of popular packages, is available free for download from the ActiveState Platform. But you can also use the Platform to automatically build your own version of Perl  from source, that can include:

  • Any supported version of Perl
  • Thousands of packages not featured in our ActivePerl distribution
  • Just the packages your project requires, such as those we’ve prebuilt for WebDev projects

Create a free account to get ActivePerl or build your own version.

ActivePerl with ActiveState Platform

Everything You Need for Business and Enterprise

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Reduce Security Risks
Ensure security with the latest secure versions of Perl packages (i.e. the latest OpenSSL patch) and timely updates for critical issues.

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Indemnification and License Compliance
Comply with your organization’s open source policies against GPL and GNU licensing, and reduce risk with legal indemnification.

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Commercial Support & Maintenance
Keep your IP out of public forums and get faster, more reliable help with guaranteed response times and Service-Level Agreements

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Enforce Code Consistency
Maintain consistency from desktop to production – Windows, macOS, Linux and big iron (AIX, Solaris).

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Avoid Lock-In with Open Source
100% compatible with open source Perl so you can recruit skilled staff, ramp up faster and avoid vendor lock-in.

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Accelerate Time to Market
Spend less time setting things up and more time getting things done, with the top Perl packages precompiled and ready to go.

Additional Resources

Lack of support for open source software can create business risks. ActiveState’s language distributions offer guaranteed support SLAs and regular maintenance updates.

As much as 95% of code bases incorporate undisclosed open source code. Protect your IP with legal indemnification.

As much as 95% of IT organizations leverage open source software (OSS). However, incorporating OSS into your project often comes with licensing terms on how you can distribute your product.


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