Notices: This section not yet converted to new layout. Download stats are rolling back out.

Rakudo *


Package test results are passing.

Private CDN cached downloads available for licensed customers. Never experience 404 breakages again! Learn more...

This package was approved as a trusted package on 11/10/2017.

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      = $url64
      softwareName  = 'rakudo*'
      checksum64    = '1d3154c5ce0ab1530c8725388c479e1e44a3b32eeb0485ead6c57cf057b3fad2'
      checksumType64= 'sha256'
      silentArgs    = "/qn /norestart /l*v `"$($env:TEMP)\$($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"}

Virus Scan Results

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.


This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Rakudo Star Team


Rakudo Star Team


Release Notes

Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2017.10.1

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 October 2017 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable
production distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for this release is
available from

Binaries for macOS and Windows (64 bit) are also available at the same

This is a 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). Currently, Star is on a
quarterly release cycle.

IMPORTANT: “panda” has been removed from this release since it is
deprecated. Please use “zef” instead.

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 2017.10
of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler,
version 2017.10 MoarVM, plus various modules,
documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

The Rakudo compiler changes since the last Rakudo Star release of
2017.07 are now listed in “”, “”, and “”
under the “rakudo/docs/announce” directory of the source distribution.

Notable changes in modules shipped with Rakudo Star:

+ DBIish: Newer version (doesn't work with 2017.01 anymore)
+ Test-META: New. also dependencies (JSON-Class, JSON-Marshal, JSON-Name, JSON-Unmarshal and META6)
+ doc: Too many to list. p6doc-index merged into p6doc and index built on first run.
+ p6-Template-Mustache: Fixed on Windows.
+ panda: Removed. Stub added to warn about this.
+ perl6-datetime-format: New (heavily used in ecosystem)
+ perl6-file-which: Fixed tests on Windows
+ tap-harness6: Many fixes.
+ zef: New version with many fixes

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 (now works for sockets and process)

  • 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 * 2017.07.1 132 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.04.2 92 Monday, May 8, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.04.1 83 Wednesday, May 3, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.01.01 63 Friday, April 28, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2014.12.1 286 Monday, February 9, 2015 approved

Discussion for the Rakudo * Package

Ground rules:

  • This discussion is only about Rakudo * and the Rakudo * package. If you have feedback for Chocolatey, please contact the google group.
  • This discussion will carry over multiple versions. If you have a comment about a particular version, please note that in your comments.
  • The maintainers of this Chocolatey Package will be notified about new comments that are posted to this Disqus thread, however, it is NOT a guarantee that you will get a response. If you do not hear back from the maintainers after posting a message below, please follow up by using the link on the left side of this page or follow this link to contact maintainers. If you still hear nothing back, please follow the package triage process.
  • Tell us what you love about the package or Rakudo *, or tell us what needs improvement.
  • Share your experiences with the package, or extra configuration or gotchas that you've found.
  • If you use a url, the comment will be flagged for moderation until you've been whitelisted. Disqus moderated comments are approved on a weekly schedule if not sooner. It could take between 1-5 days for your comment to show up.

comments powered by Disqus uses cookies to enhance the user experience of the site.