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This package was approved by moderator AdmiringWorm on 7/29/2017.

A useful and usable production distribution of Perl 6

The Rakudo Star distribution (aka Rakudo *) combines a Rakudo Perl 6 compiler with additional resources including a selection of modules.

This chocolatey package defaults to the MoarVM.

To install Rakudo *, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install rakudostar

To upgrade Rakudo *, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade rakudostar


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName= 'rakudostar'
    $toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $url64      = ''
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $packageName
      unzipLocation = $toolsDir
      fileType      = 'msi'
      url64bit      = $url64
      softwareName  = 'rakudo*'
      checksum64    = '82f0f1debb7984ccf78f534caf31f6481da72fecc7be284a74cc329a74d5ebe6'
      checksumType64= 'sha256'
      silentArgs    = "/qn /norestart /l*v `"$($env:TEMP)\$($packageName).$($env:chocolateyPackageVersion).MsiInstall.log`""
      validExitCodes= @(0, 3010, 1641)
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # stop on all errors
    $packageName = 'rakudostar'
    $softwareName = 'rakudostar*'
    $installerType = 'MSI'
    $silentArgs = '/qn /norestart'
    $validExitCodes = @(0, 3010, 1605, 1614, 1641)
    if ($installerType -ne 'MSI') {
      $validExitCodes = @(0)
    $uninstalled = $false
    [array]$key = Get-UninstallRegistryKey -SoftwareName $softwareName
    if ($key.Count -eq 1) {
      $key | % {
        $file = "$($_.UninstallString)"
        if ($installerType -eq 'MSI') {
          $silentArgs = "$($_.PSChildName) $silentArgs"
          $file = ''
        Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage -PackageName $packageName `
                                    -FileType $installerType `
                                    -SilentArgs "$silentArgs" `
                                    -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes `
                                    -File "$file"
    } elseif ($key.Count -eq 0) {
      Write-Warning "$packageName has already been uninstalled by other means."
    } elseif ($key.Count -gt 1) {
      Write-Warning "$key.Count matches found!"
      Write-Warning "To prevent accidental data loss, no programs will be uninstalled."
      Write-Warning "Please alert package maintainer the following keys were matched:"
      $key | % {Write-Warning "- $_.DisplayName"}

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Software Author(s)

  • Rakudo Star Team


Rakudo Star Team


Release Notes

Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2017.07

A useful and usable production distribution of Perl 6

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m pleased to announce
the July 2017 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable production
distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the July 2017 release is available

Binaries for macOS and Windows (64 bit) are also available.

This is the eighth post-Christmas (production) release of Rakudo Star and
implements Perl v6.c. It comes with support for the MoarVM backend (all module
tests pass on supported platforms).

IMPORTANT: “panda” is to be removed very shortly since it is deprecated.
Please use “zef” instead.

Currently, Star is on a quarterly release cycle and 2017.10 (October) will
follow later this year.

Please note that this release of Rakudo Star is not fully functional with the
JVM backend from the Rakudo compiler. Please use the MoarVM backend only.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6”) and
specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”.

This Star release includes release 2017.07 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler,
version 2017.07 MoarVM, plus various modules, documentation, and other
resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

Note this Star release contains NQP version 2017.07-9-gc0abee7 rather than the
release NQP 2017.07 in order to fix the –ll-exception command line flag.

The Rakudo compiler changes since the last Rakudo Star release of 2017.01 are
now listed in “”, “” and “” under the
“rakudo/docs/announce” directory of the source distribution.

Notable changes in modules shipped with Rakudo Star:

  • DBIish: Doc and CI updates
  • doc: Too many to list. p6doc fixed.
  • grammar-debugger: Works again now.
  • p6-io-string: New dep for doc.
  • p6-native-resources: Removed since deprecated and not used by linenoise.
  • panda: Officially deprecate panda in favour of zef.
  • perl6-Test-When: New dep for perl6-pod-to-bigpage.
  • perl6-lwp-simple: Fix breakage due to rakudo encoding refactor.
  • tap-harness6: Replaces deprecated tap-harness6-prove6.
  • zef: Too many to list.

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle
appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Some of the
not-quite-there features include:

  • advanced macros
  • non-blocking I/O (in progress)
  • some bits of Synopsis 9 and 11

There is an online resource at that lists
the known implemented and missing features of Rakudo’s backends and other Perl
6 implementations.

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the
programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that
we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at
[email protected]

See for links to much more information about Perl 6,
including documentation, example code, tutorials, presentations, reference
materials, design documents, and other supporting resources. Some Perl 6
tutorials are available under the “docs” directory in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making
Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see, ask on the [email protected] mailing
list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Rakudo * 2017.04.2 64 Monday, May 8, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.04.1 49 Wednesday, May 3, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.01.01 40 Friday, April 28, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2014.12.1 261 Monday, February 9, 2015 approved

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