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PerlRunner Icon (Imagine some neat audio effects going off while you're reading the name, above. And yes, I know there's a "Perl Runner" for Mac that'll set you back $1.99. But, one, the name's not copyrighted. Two, there's no space in PERLRUNNER!!!1!.)


The exe is here: PerlRunner.exe


That should work on most recent Windows boxes. Raise an issue if you have any trouble.

Screenshot of PERLRUNNER!!!1!!


PerlRunner is MPL 2.0 licensed. See included LICENSE file for the license in its entirety.


Feeling a little like a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, I unfortunately stumbled into a project at work that required Perl maintenance in 2015. And I noticed that, except for Padre, there wasn't an obvious, free Perl IDE, and Padre doesn't seem to like Strawberry right now.

And editing in one window, alt-tabbing, cursor up-ing, return-ing, and alt-tabbing back to fix your bugs gets old really quickly. How in the world is it that Open Perl IDE is the closest we've got to a free, native, easy to install dev environ for Perl on Windows, and it no longer works at all? I'm worried about Jürgen Güntherodt, honestly. Hope he's okay.

So I wanted to F5 my way through learning Perl, and took an afternoon to learn and hack a little WPF and XAML. Keep your Tk craziness away from me.

###Just let me F5.

Check. That's really all PerlRunner does.

  1. Open or create a .pl file.
  2. Hit F5 to save changes and run.
  3. See the results.
  4. Profit.

You're welcome. ;^)


  • It automatically finds which Perl install you have in your path and uses that. where perl indeed.
  • You can open many files, and save your changes. Wow. I know.
  • You can run perl with the -l option on to make prints look better. (on by default)
  • You can run perl with the -W (all warnings) option on to see, um, all warnings. (on by default)
  • Tabs close! Hit ctrl-w and be boggled.
  • Did I mention you can hit F5 and have it execute?

Yeah, that's about it for features right now.

Note: You can set the -l & -W options with the Execute >>> Use -[l or W] option menus. Both are on by default, and reset to on each time PerlRunner is opened.

###It's not an IDE. kk?

Right now all it does is open files (that don't share the same file name), no syntax highlighting, and no options.

Stuff I'll probably add if I stay stuck in Perlland.

  1. Stuff any self-respecting app should do.
    • Create multiple new files without saving (and execute their contents).
    • Remember...
      • ... last window size.
      • ... splitter bar position.
      • ... last active dir.
      • ... your cursor position.
      • ... your birthday.
  2. Syntax highlighting (don't hold your breath, but this project could have potential if it's a drop-in replacement, though I'd have to write a Perl syntax parser for it).
  3. Line numbers.
  4. And if I really get mired in Perl, DEBUG MODE (more audio effects).
  5. Add vi mode. (Ha. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHA! No, that's not going to happen. Though I wish it would.)

Adding debugging [really] isn't [as] insane [as it sounds]. Perl has its own debugger. This from LinuxJournal is supposed to be a decent intro. I think you could manage marshaling text to and from the debugger running on the command line reasonably easily (ie, straightforwardly).

None of those things are likely. If you're lucky, I'll remove the colors on the text boxes I was using to test my XAML. It's my first WPF app! Woohoo! Channel9, here I come!!


Honestly, I know there has to be something somewhere on Windows that'll do this. I can't believe I couldn't google it up in ten seconds or less, but could google up ten different ways to run Perl in a GUI on *nix. It's Perl, for goodness sake. I've been hearing about people using this "language" for 20 years, and I'm still reasonably young. Does nobody do -- or even learn -- Perl on Windows?

Anything doesn't work? Open an issue!

###Release notes

0.1.3 -- Added -W option to Execute menu (on by default) to add warnings to output window after standard return is inserted.
         Added scrollbars to editor and results window.
         Removed cmd.exe window display on `perl` execution
             (thought it might be useful in error cases, but it's just distracting).
         Backspace deletes a tabstop of spaces (weird edge cases remain)
         Very poor block indent implementation.
         Open a single New file tab.

0.1.2 -- Added -l option to Execute menu (on by default) to add newlines to `print` statements.
         Multiple files can be opened in tabs.
         Icon added.
         Tab characters entered in editor changed to [four] spaces.
         Bug fixes. 

0.1.1 -- Essentially works.

1.0.0 -- Alpha version. Someone forgot to set the version in the assembly information.


Stand-alone desktop Windows application to edit & execute Perl scripts. Open file, edit, hit F5, profit. Disclaimer: It's not an IDE.







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