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perlbrew is an admin-free perl installation management tool. The latest version is 0.92, read the release note: Release 0.92.

Install, quickly

Copy & Paste this line into your terminal:

\curl -L | bash

Or, if your system does not have curl but something else:

# Linux
\wget -O - | bash

# FreeBSD
\fetch -o- | sh

If you prefer to install with cpan, there are two steps:

sudo cpan App::perlbrew
perlbrew init

If it is installed with cpan, the perlbrew executable should be installed as /usr/bin/perlbrew or /usr/local/bin/perlbrew. For all users who want to use perlbrew, a prior perlbrew init needs to be executed.

The default perlbrew root directory is ~/perl5/perlbrew, which can be changed by setting PERLBREW_ROOT environment variable before the installation and initialization. For more advanced installation process, please read the perlbrew document.

Install, other ways

If you use Sparrow there is sparrow plugin named perlbrew to install perlbrew. It's poorly tested but proved to be working for Ubuntu/Debian platforms.

If you are using Windows, please take a look at Berrybrew

What is perlbrew

perlbrew is a tool to manage multiple perl installations in your $HOME directory. They are completely isolated perl universes. This approach has many benefits:

You may optionally chose alternative places for installation, or even let multiple uses share the whole perlbrew environment.

perlbrew is simple

To install the latest stable release, and use it from now on:

perlbrew install perl-5.16.0
perlbrew switch perl-5.16.0

To play with the bleeding-edge version, but only in the current shell:

perlbrew install perl-blead
perlbrew use perl-blead

Runs against all installations of perl, especially helpful when running tests:

perlbrew exec perl

For basic usage cheatsheet:

perlbrew -h

For more descriptions about commands,

perlbrew help


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perlbrew has always been improving, it is an open source project for everyone to participate. There are currently over 80 contributors and growing. The code repository is located on github. Feel free to send a bug report, a pull request, or a beer. Everything helps :)