Which Perl Versions Does ActiveState Support?


ActiveState offers extended support for current and older versions of Perl. For Perl 5.16 – 5.32, we provide ongoing support and security updates. For Perl 5.8 – 5.14, we provide access to our previously built ActivePerl distributions.Access to older versions of ActivePerl is available starting at our Team tier. Maintenance and support backed by a service-level agreement are available at our Enterprise tier. Learn more about our licensing options here.

Support varies across platforms/operating systems. More details below.

Perl Versions

All usage of ActivePerl beyond developer workstations requires commercial licensing. The table below outlines the level of support we provide with commercial licensing for each version.

Maintained & Supported: Module and security updates to known CVE’s provided on a regular basis. Available with Enterprise licensing.

Licensing Only: These versions have passed End of Life (EOL). As such, access to ActivePerl is provided “as-is”, but these versions will no longer be updated.

Perl VersionOpen Source Release DateStatusAnticipated EOL Date
5.345/20/2021Maintained & Supported
5.326/20/2020Maintained & Supported
5.286/22/2018Maintained & SupportedQ4-2024
5.265/30/2017Maintained & SupportedQ4-2024
5.245/8/2016Maintained & SupportedQ4-2023
5.226/1/2015Maintained & SupportedQ4-2023
5.205/27/2014Licensing OnlyEOL
5.185/18/2013Licensing OnlyEOL
5.165/20/2012Licensing OnlyEOL
5.145/14/2011Licensing OnlyEOL
5.124/12/2010Licensing OnlyEOL
5.1012/18/2007Licensing OnlyEOL
5.87/18/2002Licensing OnlyEOL


PlatformStatusAnticipated EOL Date
Windows 10/Server x86 64-bitMaintained & SupportedQ3-2025
Windows 10/Server x86 32-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
Windows 7 x86 64-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
Windows 7 x86 32-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
Linux x86 64-bit (RHEL 6+)Maintained & Supported
Linux 2.6 x86 32/64-bit (RHEL 5)Licensing OnlyEOL
macOS x64 10.12+ 64-bitMaintained & Supported
macOS x86 32-bitLicensing OnlyEOL


Support for “big iron” systems (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX) is available on a custom basis, and limited to certain versions of Perl and Python. Below are the systems we currently support for existing enterprise customers. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

PlatformStatusAnticipated EOL Date
Solaris x86 all versionsLicensing OnlyEOL
Solaris 11 SPARC 64-bit CCMaintained & Supported
Solaris 11 SPARC 32-bit CCLicensing OnlyEOL
Solaris 10 SPARC 64-bit CCLicensing OnlyEOL
Solaris 10 SPARC 32-bit CCLicensing OnlyEOL
Solaris 9 SPARC 32-bit CCLicensing OnlyEOL
Solaris 8 SPARC 32-bit CCLicensing OnlyEOL
AIX 7 on PowerPC 64-bitMaintained & Supported
AIX 7 on PowerPC 32-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
AIX 6 on PowerPC 64-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
AIX 6 on PowerPC 32-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
AIX 5.3 on PowerPC 64-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
HP-UX 11.31 64-bit IA-64Licensing OnlyEOL
HP-UX 11.23/32 32/64-bit IA-64Licensing OnlyEOL
HP-UX 11.11 PA RISC 1.1 32-bitLicensing OnlyEOL
Learn more about our enterprise licensing here. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us at sales@activestate.com.
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