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App::installguide::win32 - Installation Guide for Perl Software on Win32 System


These is a general Installation Guide for installing Perl software on the Microsoft Windows platform. The emphasis is on web and database applications in Perl.

This document is motivated by helping people install the App-Context Framework (comprised of App-Context, App-Options, App-Repository, and App-Widget). However, most of the information here is useful regardless of what Perl modules you are installing.

You should also read through the general Installation Guide (App::installguide) and understand how the software would be installed on Unix/Linux before consulting this specialized Win32 guide.

This guide will predominantly focus on how to get up and running on a plain vanilla Windows system for demonstration or development purposes. The focus here is not on optimized server installation on Windows servers, although the instructions may still be useful.

These instructions assume that your PC is connected to the Internet.


The official Perl for the Windows platform is available from ActiveState.

Registration is required, but it is free of charge. Follow the download and installation directions and you should end up with perl installed in the following directories under C:\Perl.

  C:\Perl            # install directory for Perl
  C:\Perl\bin        # programs directory (home of perl.exe)
  C:\Perl\eg         # example code
  C:\Perl\html       # html doc for the installed perl modules
  C:\Perl\lib        # standard perl modules
  C:\Perl\site\lib   # extram perl modules installed at this site


After you install the base Perl distribution, you need to install a number of other Perl modules, which would normally be downloaded from CPAN. Because you are installing on a Windows platform, however, you will use ActiveState's Perl Package Manager (PPM, included with ActiveState Perl). This installs Windows binary versions of many of the packages which are on CPAN from ActiveState's website. Take a look at this web page.

NOTE: The following instructions are good for the latest version of PPM (PPM3). Some syntax changed since PPM2.

You can go into the PPM utility to manage installed binary distributions and check on which "repositories" of PPM files are currently configured.

  C:\> ppm
  PPM> repository
  PPM> quit

Not all of the Perl modules you may want (i.e. mod_perl) are available from ActiveState, so you should know about a second popular repository for PPM files. Take a look at the following web pages.

To add this repository to the list for the ppm shell utility to search, do the following.

  C:\> ppm
  PPM> repository add theoryx5
  PPM> repository add officevision           # for App::Options, App::Build, App::Context, etc.
  PPM> quit

You may also want to add the following repositories if you don't find what you want on those other repositories.

  PPM> repository add crazyinsomniac # for various hard to find modules
  PPM> repository add bribes                      # for various hard to find modules
  PPM> repository add gtk2            # for GTK2
  PPM> repository add log4perl               # for log4perl
  PPM> repository add openi      # for Template Toolkit

The following commands are to install some packages which are useful in order to develop or run applications based on the App-Context Framework.

(Sometimes a module will fail to install because more than one version of it was found. You may need to follow up any such "install XYZ::ABC" module with a command like "install 1" which selects one of the versions found. Sometimes even this will fail, saying that the module is already installed. In that case, you may need to type something like "install 1 -force -nofollow". Sometimes you need to "search XYZ::ABC" before you do the "install 1 -force -nofollow".)

  C:\> ppm
  PPM> install TimeDate                # Date::Parse and Date::Format
  PPM> install Module::Build
  PPM> install App::Build
  PPM> install App::Options
  PPM> install XML::Simple
  PPM> install XML::XPath
  PPM> quit


The PPM method for installing software is described above. However, the method of installing software which is most native to Perl is through the CPAN shell. In order for this to work, you need a "make" tool. Microsoft provides "nmake" for this purpose.

I found reference to "nmake" on Microsoft's site here.;en-us;132084

Then I downloaded the most recent version (a self-extracting archive) here.

After saving it on your disk, run the program to extract three files.


Move these files to C:\Perl\bin. This should put them in the PATH so that they will be found by the CPAN shell.


Install a Windows binary distribution of MySQL. Use a version of MySQL which is compatible with your Apache setup.

On March 13, 2006, the latest version of MySQL is 5.0.19. I download and install the "Windows Essentials (x86)" binary distribution.

Based on whatever password you entered in the configuration (instead of "xyzabc" shown below), enter something like the following in a new file named "C:\windows\my.cnf".

  host            = localhost
  port            = 3306
  user            = root
  password        = xyzabc
  database        = test

Then from the Windows command shell, you can type "mysql" and get in to the database directly.


I recommend the all-in-one Apache/mod_perl/PHP/phpMyAdmin approach.

I downloaded the "XAMPP for Windows 1.5.1 [basic package]" Installer and the "XAMPP for Windows Add-Ons : Perl 5.8.7-2.2.0-pl2" Installer.


You could download a binary distribution of Apache for Windows from Then install mod_perl.

See the following sites for mod_perl.

After installing Perl and Apache, you can then install mod_perl via the PPM utility.

  C:\> ppm
  PPM> install mod_perl
  PPM> quit

The mod_perl PPM package also includes the necessary Apache DLL; a post-installation script should be run which will offer to copy this file to your Apache modules directory (eg, C:\Apache\modules).

Note that the mod_perl package available from this site will always use the latest mod_perl sources compiled against the latest official Apache release; depending on changes made in Apache, you may or may not be able to use an earlier Apache binary. However, in the Apache Win32 world it is particularly a good idea to use the latest version, for bug and security fixes.


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NOTE: Setting up a Subversion server is not necessary for creating the typical Windows development/demonstration machine.

If you have any Linux systems, you probably want to run the Subversion server software there. However, if you really want to set up Subversion as a server on a Windows machine, here are some links I found.
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