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Powerful, stable, mature, portable

Perl 5 is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 29 years of development. Perl 5 runs on over 100 platforms from portables to mainframes and is suitable for both rapid prototyping and large scale development projects.

"Perl" is a family of languages, "Perl 6" is part of the family, but it is a separate language which has its own development team. Its existence has no significant impact on the continuing development of "Perl 5".

Perl5 features

Mission critical

Used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors.

Object-oriented, procedural and functional

Supports object-oriented, procedural and functional programming.

Easily extendible

There are over 25,000 open source modules available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN).

Text manipulation

Perl includes powerful tools for processing text that make it ideal for working with HTML, XML, and all other mark-up and natural languages.

Unicode support

Supports Unicode version 6 (from Perl 5.14).

Database integration

Perl's database integration interface (DBI) supports third-party databases including Oracle, Sybase, Postgres, MySQL and many others.

C/C++ library interface

Perl interfaces with external C/C++ libraries through XS or SWIG.


The Perl interpreter can be embedded into other systems such as web servers and database servers.

Open Source

Perl is Open Source software, licensed under its Artistic License, or the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Small Perl Example

Sending an Email with Perl

			use strict;
			use warnings;
			# first, create your message
			use Email::MIME;
			my $message = Email::MIME->create(
				header_str => [
					From    => '',
					To      => '',
					Subject => 'Happy birthday!',
				attributes => {
					encoding => 'quoted-printable',
					charset  => 'ISO-8859-1',
				body_str => "Happy birthday to you!\n",
			# send the message
			use Email::Sender::Simple qw(sendmail);
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