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 <ActivePerlInstallDir>/html/index.html to view the document set. The ActivePerl User Guide includes the following information:

Note: 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 by using the perldoc command to display the embedded documentation for the specified module. For example:



For installation-related support issues, check the ActivePerl Support forum and 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

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

More Perl Resources

Internet Web sites

ActiveState Community


The O'Reilly Perl Resource Center

The Perl directory at

use Perl;


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