A ready-to-install Perl distribution
ActivePerl is designed as a quality-assured and pre-compiled distribution package of the Perl scripting language, designed to help developers  in the process of developing a wide variety of software solutions for multiple platforms.

Cross-platform and easy to configure

Moreover, the main benefit from using ActivePerl over other Perl distributions is that it can be installed on virtually all popular operating systems. Thus, it makes it simple and straightforward to effortlessly and rapidly have a Perl development environment ready for production in a matter of minutes, regardless of the machine you’re working on.

The ActivePerl distribution will install the latest version of the Perl language binaries, together with a long list of helper tools that will greatly improve your workflow and help you achieve release status for your project as quickly as possible.

Vast collection of helper tools

Furthermore, besides the core Perl binaries and the helper utilities, ActivePerl also comes bundled with the Perl Package Manager, a simple and intuitive interface for effortlessly installing CPAN packages on your Mac, a large assortment of the most popular Perl modules and an exhaustive user guide designed to jump-start your development workflow in a matter of minutes.

PerlDoc and Man Page documentation

ActivePerl’s user guide will also provide you with access to the PerlDoc and Man Page documentation for the entire suite of  Perl development tools from the core binaries to Perl pragmas and modules that come bundled with the ActivePerl distribution.

Simpler development workflow

The ActivePerl package has been designed as a helping tool and enhanced toolset for all Perl developers that want to benefit from an enhanced workflow and a simpler to install and configure development environment.

At the moment, ActivePerl provides its users with a simple to deploy Perl package for multiple platforms, from the ubiquitous Windows to Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris, with more ports already planned.

Reviewed by , last updated on April 26th, 2014

file size:
43.9 MB
developed by:
ActiveState Software Inc
license type:
operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.3 or later
binary format:
Universal Binary
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  • This build corresponds to the Perl 5.18.1 source code release.
  • The 1800 series builds of ActivePerl are not binary compatible with builds in the 1600 or earlier series. Any extensions built using binaries from the ActivePerl 1600 or earlier series will need to be recompiled. Note especially that this applies to PPM packages that may have been built for earlier series of ActivePerl.
  • The 1800 series builds of ActivePerl use 64 bit integers on platforms that are otherwise 32 bit. The main benefit is that Perl's scalars now can represent larger integers precisely, without turning to float approximations. The $Config{archname} of these builds has grown to include the -64int- segment.
  • All Windows builds are now built with the MinGW compiler.
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ActivePerl is a very powerful, ready-to-install Perl distribution for Mac OS X, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and Windows...

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