Installing Perl 5 locally

Learn how to install Perl 5 locally to solve Exercism's exercises on your own machine

Unix/Linux/Mac OSX

Perl 5 is likely already installed. Run perl -v to check which version you have. If your version is older than v5.14.0, or you would like to try out newer versions of Perl 5, take a look at 'Other Options'.

If you are using Fedora/Red Hat/CentOS, some core modules are not included with Perl. Use the yum install perl-core command to install them.


Strawberry Perl: A 100% Open Source Perl for Windows that is exactly the same as Perl everywhere else; this includes using modules from CPAN, without the need for binary packages.

You can either install this directly from the site or use the chocolatey package manager.

Other Options

  • perlbrew: A tool to manage multiple perl installations in your $HOME directory. They are completely isolated perl universes.
  • plenv: Installs perls under your home directory and lets you install modules locally, and allows you to switch to arbitrary perl versions on your shell.
  • ActivePerl Community Edition: A free, ready-to-install Perl distribution for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, designed for community developers or open source projects that are not business- or mission-critical.

Installing Necessary Modules

In addition to Perl 5, you will also need to install the Test2::V0 testing bundle. Use the following instructions to set this up (or feel free to use your favorite module installer if you are already familiar with Perl):


  • Ensure that the exercism CLI has already been installed and configured. Running exercism workspace should show you the appropriate path.

  • Download the cpm module installer and use it to install itself, local::lib, and Test2::V0 into your exercism/perl5 directory:

# *nix
curl -sL --compressed | \
  perl - install -L $(exercism workspace)/perl5 App::cpm local::lib Test2::V0

# Microsoft PowerShell
(Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing '').Content |
  perl - install -L "$(exercism workspace)/perl5" App::cpm local::lib Test2::V0
  • Run local::lib to set up your environment to use the modules you have installed into exercism/perl5:
# *nix
eval $(perl -I$(exercism workspace)/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib=$(exercism workspace)/perl5)

# Microsoft PowerShell
perl -I"$(exercism workspace)/perl5/lib/perl5"
  -M"local::lib=--shelltype=powershell,$(exercism workspace)/perl5" | Invoke-Expression

The environment changes from the above command will not persist, and will need to be rerun if you restart your shell. If you would like your environment to be set up automatically each time, modify your .bashrc (or *nix equivalent) or your PowerShell_profile.ps1 to include the above command.

The documentation for local::lib can be found here.

OS Packages

Alternatively, the package manager for your OS may have a Test2 Suite package available for you to install. Available options include: