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

For Development Use

Get a version of the Perl core language and many of the popular third-party modules
– free to download and use for development purposes.

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For Commercial Use

Extensive customization, premium support, and regularly scheduled builds – licensed for use beyond development, as well as redistribution.

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Reduce Risk and Deliver Value Faster with ActiveState’s Perl Distribution

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ActivePerl includes the top Perl packages, pre-verified to ensure against outdated or vulnerable versions, incompatibility and improper licensing, so you can: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

97% of Fortune 1000 Companies Rely On ActiveState

ActiveState’s enterprise offering includes extensive customization, premium support, and regularly scheduled builds, licensed for production use and redistribution.

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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. (View our Perl extended support options)

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many organizations have policies that restrict the use of specific open source licenses or deployment of unsupported software components. ActivePerl provides organizations with commercial support, including maintenance for older releases of Perl, and other options to address legal and security risks. Get a demo of ActivePerl for enterprise use.

If you do not have such requirements, you can still use the ActiveState Platform to download ActivePerl with precompiled Perl modules, or customize your own Perl runtime with the modules you need.

ActivePerl is more suitable for enterprise needs. While Strawberry Perl is a popular and excellent community-driven open source Perl distribution, it cannot provide support and maintenance agreements, indemnification, custom builds, or many of the other things that are essential to enterprise use of Perl.

ActiveState provides commercial support that may be preferred for a number of reasons, such as: Access to and support for 32-bit and older Perl versions, custom Perl builds, SLA’s, and security and license reporting. See Plans & Pricing for more information.

ActivePerl Community Edition is free to use in development. Paid licensing is required for use beyond development. For more information, see the ActiveState Community Edition License Agreement.

One exception to this is Perl 5.32. Distributions of Perl 5.32 built on the ActiveState Platform are distributed solely under the original open source licenses for Perl and any included modules. Typically this means that these distributions can be used, copied, and modified without fee for any purpose. Learn more about Perl 5.32 by ActiveState.

ActivePerl licensing for beyond development use starts at the Team tier and includes access to 32-bit and older ActivePerl versions as well as technical support via chat and email.

ActivePerl licensing at the Enterprise level includes custom Perl distributions built and maintained according to your needs, as well as extended support for older Perl versions, SLA’s, and security and license reporting. See our Plans & Pricing for more information.