We would have liked to provide an online interpreter to allow you to
try out our sample scripts and experiment with writing and modifying
Perl code without installing any software on your own system. Unfortunately,
due to security concerns, this is not possible at this time.|
Instead, here's how to obtain a Perl interpreter for your platform:
- Microsoft Windows: ActivePerl
ActivePerl for Win32, by ActiveState, is the recommended interpreter for running Perl on Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0.
- Apple Macintosh: MacPerl
- MacPerl is an implementation of the Perl interpreter for Macintosh computers running MacOS 7.0 or later. See the MacPerl page for more information, though, if you have an earlier computer.
- Unix and Variants: CPAN Ports Archive
The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) has an index of Perl binaries compiled for many different species of Unix. If you're not the administrator of the the Unix system you use, it may already have Perl installed. Ask your system administrator. If not, you may be able to convince them to install it.
- My System's Not Listed Here!
First off, take a look at perl.com's Download page and see if they have a Perl interpreter for your favourite OS. If not, your best bet is to find a shell account provider who provides Perl support. Some web page hosting companies or organizations may also support Perl CGI scripting.