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This package was approved as a trusted package on 7/5/2018.

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      = $url64
      softwareName  = 'rakudo*'
      checksum64    = '21e7d5fddd87a8c28a8c3017a729f7ee8fb21dd972d60db652be1afdc6fb0e20'
      checksumType64= 'sha256'
      silentArgs    = "/qn /norestart /l*v `"$($env:TEMP)\$($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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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Rakudo Star Team


Rakudo Star Team


Release Notes

Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2018.04

Rakudo Star Release 2018.04


On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm pleased to
announce the April 2018 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
production distribution of Rakudo 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.

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 2018.04.1
of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler,
version 2018.04.1 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
2017.10 are now listed in "", "", "" and" under the "rakudo/docs/announce" directory of the source

Important Rakudo bug fixes are now listed at Deprecation:

+ "panda" has been removed from releases after 2017.10 since it is deprecated. Please use "zef".
+ LWP::Simple is deprecated and will be removed. Please use "HTTP::UserAgent".

Notable changes in modules shipped with Rakudo Star:

+ datetime-parse: Update asctime parsing
+ doc: Too many to list including jjmerelo TPF Grant Work.
+ http-useragent: Pre-allocate a buffer when getting content
+ json_fast: Unescape fixes.
+ jsonrpc: LWP::Simple replaced with HTTP::UserAgent.
+ svg-plot: Fix xy-line plot closing over some variables it shouldn't.
+ zef: version 0.3.1 (includes fix for space in home directory)

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

  • 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 * 2018.01 157 Wednesday, February 14, 2018 approved
Rakudo * 2017.10.1 133 Thursday, November 9, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.07.1 175 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.04.2 133 Monday, May 8, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.04.1 124 Wednesday, May 3, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2017.01.01 112 Friday, April 28, 2017 approved
Rakudo * 2014.12.1 335 Monday, February 9, 2015 approved

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