Installing Plorth

This page describes how to get Plorth up and running on your computer.

Plorth has no dependencies, only CMake and C++11 capable compiler are required to compile the interpreter.

Retrieving the source code

Your best bet of getting your hands on Plorth interpreter source code is to clone it from GitHub. This can be done by executing the following command:

$ git clone

If you are planning on using the command line interface, you will also need to execute the following command to pull in external dependencies used by it:

$ git submodule update --init


After you have cloned the source code from GitHub, you need to compile the interpreter. For this you need modern C++ compiler and CMake. Change into plorth directory and run following commands:

$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake ..
$ make

This will begin compilation of the interpreter. The interpreter consists of two parts: Plorth interpreter library and it's command line user interface known as plorth which uses the interpreter library. By tweaking the CMake options, it's also possible to compile only the library without plorth executable, if you plan to embed the interpreter to your own C++ application.


After the interpreter has been compiled, you can run the plorth executable located in build/plorth directory. Alternatively, you can also install Plorth into your system by running the following command:

sudo make install

The installation however is not necessary if you plan only to play with the interpreter's REPL and possibly run some examples.