ActivePerl User Guide

ActivePerl Resources


ActivePerl includes the core Perl documentation, the Perl FAQ, and the ActivePerl User Guide (which contains information specific to ActivePerl, such as the Release Notes and ActivePerl component documentation).

The ActivePerl User Guide is provided in HTML format; using a web browser, load the file html/index.html to view the document set. The ActivePerl User Guide includes the following information:

When you add packages to your Perl installation using the Perl Package Manager, the ActivePerl User Guide is updated with the documentation contained in the new modules.

Perl documentation can also be accessed from the command line, using the perldoc command. For example:


...will display the embedded documentation for the specified module.


For installation-related support issues, check the ActivePerl Mailing List archives. If you do not find the answer to your problem, contact for installation assistance.

Please submit bug reports and enhancement requests via the ActivePerl Bug Database. All bug reports should be accompanied by one or more concrete examples that will help us reproduce the problem. Include all relevant information that you think will help us recreate the particular environment in which the bug was observed. Remember, if we cannot reproduce the problem, we cannot fix it!

Commercial Support

The Perl Clinic provides fee-based, per incident commercial support services for Perl.

PerlDirect is a corporate support solution for Perl. PerlDirect provides the comprehensive support that an enterprise needs to deploy Perl in mission-critical applications.

More Perl Resources

Internet Web sites

ASPN, the ActiveState Programmer Network

The Perl Clinic

The O'Reilly Perl Resource Center

Perl Mongers

Use Perl;

The Perl Language Home Page

Usenet Newsgroups

Usenet newsgroups are another good source of information and advice regarding Perl. Please consult your system administrator or Internet service provider for availability of the following groups:




There are also some non-English Perl related newsgroups:







Books on Perl