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Lesson 4Installing Perl on your Windows system
ObjectiveConfigure your system for perl and then install it.

Installing Perl on your Windows System

Once you have downloaded the appropriate perl distribution for your system, you must compile and/or install it on your system.
The procedure for installing perl on non-Unix systems (called foreign ports by the Perl community) is going to be very different from the procedure for installing perl on Unix systems.
The best source for instructions will be the documentation that came with your perl distribution.
You can typically find precompiled binaries for most major platforms; however perl is often distributed as C source code and must be compiled before it can be installed on your system. This is not a particularly difficult process; in fact it is usually automated.

Installing perl on your Windows system

If you can not find a precompiled binary for your system or you want the experience of compiling the source code yourself, you will need a C compiler on your system. If you do not have one, you may be able to find a version of gcc (an excellent C compiler) that works on your system by checking this ftp site.

Install perl

Click your operating system's name below for platform-specific installation guidelines:
  1. Unix
  2. Win32
  3. Mac OS
The next two lessons will start your journey into learning what Perl actually is and why it's such a popular language with Unix system administrators.