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Strawberry Perl README
What is Strawberry Perl?
* 'Perl' is a programming language suitable for writing simple scripts as well
as complex applications. See
* 'Strawberry Perl' is a perl enviroment for Microsoft Windows containing all
you need to run and develop perl applications. It is designed to be as close
as possible to perl enviroment on UNIX systems. See
Installation instructions: (.zip distribution only)
* If installing this version from a .zip file, you MUST extract it to a
directory that does not have spaces in it (referred to as <directory>
below) and then run some commands and manually set some environment
cd <directory>
(You can specify " --nosystem" after to install Strawberry
Perl's environment variables for the current user only.)
* If having a fixed installation path does not suit you, go to and try "Strawberry Perl Portable
How to use Strawberry Perl?
* In the command prompt window you can:
1. run any perl script by launching
c:\> perl c:\path\to\
2. install additional perl modules (libraries) from by
c:\> cpan Module::Name
3. run other tools included in Strawberry Perl like: perldoc, gcc, dmake ...
* You'll need a text editor to create perl scripts. One is NOT included with
Strawberry Perl. A few options are Padre (which can be installed by running
"cpan Padre" from the command prompt for 32-bit versions) and Notepad++
(which is downloadable at, which both include
syntax highlighting for perl scripts. You can even use Notepad, if you wish.