Perl.org refers to ActiveState as “the simplest way to install the latest version of Perl.” We have been programmers’ trusted provider of Windows, Linux, and macOS Perl distributions for more than 20 years, ever since Larry Wall invented it. We offer the latest versions of a number of open source programming languages, including Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl.
We specialize in stable, secure, and easy-to-deploy Perl environments. Unlike other Perl distributions such as Strawberry Perl or perlbrew, our universal package manager, the State Tool, replaces Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) and Perl Package Manager (PPM), and allows you to build runtimes with CPAN modules from source code (including linked C libraries), reducing your exposure to vulnerabilities and eliminate the need for a local compiler/build environment.
With ActiveState, you can install the Perl interpreter plus modules and the State Tool directly on the command line, or you can use our Windows executable or MSI installer for ActivePerl 5.28. We allow sign-up with GitHub and provide documentation on many Perl programming topics such as using Perl with html, xml, Perl scripts, subroutines, and more in our community forum. Docs are available online.