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Rakudo Star

Rakudo Star 2018.01 is a useful and usable production distribution of Perl 6 which supports the latest Christmas Perl 6 (6.c language version).

Installing from binaries

Windows users can directly install the most recent 64 bit or 32 bit MSI of Rakudo Star from the download directory

Mac users can directly install using the most recent .dmg from the same location

Docker users can directly install with docker pull rakudo-star

Installing from source

People on UNIX-like systems can try out Rakudo Star from an extracted source tarball.

You will need recent versions of perl, git, make and gcc. Also a basic familiarity with UNIX.

For full instructions see

A quick start for Linux/Mac/BSD/Mingw etc. follows:

% wget
% tar xfz rakudo-star-2018.01.tar.gz 
% cd rakudo-star-2018.01
# perl --gen-moar --prefix /opt/rakudo-star-2018.01     
# make install

Rakudo Star 2018.01 Errata

  • Updating zef via "zef install zef" is recommended. Newer versions of zef include a work around for an apparent Rakudo bug which shows itself in zef being unable to update mirrors sometimes.
  • Windows port: NativeCall modules, such as Linenoise, may not fully work depending on compiler (differs depending on whether mingw or MSVC and whether 32 or 64 bit).
  • Windows 10, using the Windows Subsystem for Linux: You will have to apply this fix to account for the WSL not supporting execstack properly
  • Intel/Linux, Intel/*BSD and Mac: no specific issues known currently.
  • Big Endian Systems (mips/macppc etc) are currently broken later than 2017.07