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Building Perl6 with Visual C++ 2015


  • Visual Studio 2015 (the free Community Edition is just fine)
  • Perl 5 must be installed (I'd recommend Strawberry Perl or via VS2015 Install)
  • You must have GIT (either installed separately or via VS2015 Install).

Step 1: [Perl6 source code + configuration]

Open a CMD that contains paths to your Visual C++ toolchain.

The easiest way is by using the CMD-Shell from 'Visual Studio Tools' as it automatically calls "vcvarsall.bat" that sets up the complete build environment.

In CMD type in:

git clone

cd rakudo

perl --gen-moar --gen-nqp --backends=moar --prefix=C:/bin/Perl6

Hint: you can set any other path to be the root of your Perl6 installation by changing the --prefix from above.

Now wait for a while...then

Step 2: [Perl6 building + installation]


nmake test

nmake install

Step 3: [Perl6 environment]

set PATH=%PATH%;C:\bin\Perl6\bin

This should also be set permanently by using the Windows Environment Settings.

Now try to call your perl6 by typing in:

perl6 -v

Your should see an output like this:

This is Rakudo version 2016.12-393-ged482ec9b built on MoarVM version 2016.12-113-gd1da1bac implementing Perl 6.c.

Step 4 (Optional): [Installing Panda, Perl6's Module Manager]

git clone --recursive git://

cd panda


And again, wait for a while...then

set PATH=%PATH%;C:\bin\Perl6\share\perl6\site\bin # adapt to your root path and also put it in Windows Env-Settings

panda -v # you should now get a longer output describing panda's functions.

Step 5 (Optional): [Installing Zef, Perl6' Module Manager]

git clone

cd zef

perl6 -Ilib bin/zef install .

A few moments later ZEF will be installed in your PERL6_ROOT\share\perl6\site\bin.

Now it's time to learn about zef's capabilities.


You can now use Perl6 and install modules too! 😄

Hint: If some module installations break because of failing tests you can try to install them by using the --notest option.

Update Info: Thanks to @sinan_unur for valuable comments regarding Git/Perl56 installation and ZEF module manager.

Have fun!