Install ActivePerl on Windows Systems

This section provides a tutorial example on how to install ActivePerl on a Windows computer.

If you are using a Windows system and want to run Perl scripts, you can install the free binary package, ActivePerl, provided by ActiveState. Here is what I did to install ActivePerl on my Windows computer.

1. Go to, I see the ActiveState Perl download page.

2. Click on "Download Perl 5.32" button. I see the login page.

3. Log in with your ActiveState account, or sign up a new account. I see the new project page.

4. Select "Perl > 5.34.0 > Windows 10" and click "Create Runtime". I see the "Download & Install Runtime" comment.

5. Copy the command and run it in a command window:

herong> powershell -Command \
  "& $([scriptblock]::Create((New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString \
  (''))) \
  -activate-default herong/Perl-5.34.0-Windows"

- Preparing Installer for State Tool Package Manager... Done
- Installing State Tool Package Manager

The State Tool lets you install and manage your language runtimes.

ActiveState collects usage statistics and diagnostic data about failures.
By using the State Tool Package Manager you agree to the terms of
ActiveState’s Privacy Policy, available at:

- Downloading State Tool version 0.32.0-SHA7474314...  Done
- Installing State Tool to
  C:\Users\herong\AppData\Local\ActiveState\StateTool\release... Done

4. Open a new command window, and type in "perl -v". If you see the following output, your installation is ok.

herong> perl -v

This is perl 5, version 34, subversion 0 (v5.34.0) built
  for MSWin32-x64-multi-thread

Copyright 1987-2021, Larry Wall

Binary build 34.0r4 provided by ActiveState
Built Wed Nov 17 04:20:44 2021

Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic License 
or the GNU General Public License, which may be found in the Perl 5 
source kit.

Complete documentation for Perl, including FAQ lists, should be found on
this system using "man perl" or "perldoc perl".  If you have access to the
Internet, point your browser at, the Perl Home Page.

Note that if you have an older version of ActivePerl installed on your Windows system, you should uninstalled it first and remove the content of the folder: C:\perl, before installing the new version.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Perl on Linux Systems

ActivePerl on Windows Systems

 What Is ActivePerl?

Install ActivePerl on Windows Systems

 Running Perl Scripts on Windows Systems

 Data Types: Values and Variables

 Expressions, Operations and Simple Statements

 User Defined Subroutines

 Perl Built-in Debugger

 Name Spaces and Perl Module Files

 Symbolic (or Soft) References

 Hard References - Addresses of Memory Objects

 Objects (or References) and Classes (or Packages)

 Typeglob and Importing Identifiers from Other Packages

 String Built-in Functions and Performance

 File Handles and Data Input/Output

 Open Files in Binary Mode

 Open Directories and Read File Names

 File System Functions and Operations

 Image and Picture Processing

 Using DBM Database Files

 Using MySQL Database Server

 Socket Communication Over the Internet

 XML::Simple Module - XML Parser and Generator

 XML Communication Model

 SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Programs as IIS Server CGI Scripts

 CGI (Common Gateway Interface)

 XML-RPC - Remote Procedure Call with XML and HTTP

 RPC::XML - Perl Implementation of XML-RPC

 Integrating Perl with Apache Web Server Module for Building Web Pages

 LWP::UserAgent and Web Site Testing

 Converting Perl Script to Executable Binary

 Managing Perl Engine and Modules on macOS

 Archived Tutorials


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