Install Perl on Ubuntu 20.04 - Step by step guide ?


Perl is a programming language that is responsible for creating different algorithms. It is used for administration, GUI development and Web development.

The Perl database interface also supports third-party databases such as Postgre, MySql, and Oracle. Markup languages like HTML also work with Perl.

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In this context, we shall look into how to install Perl on Ubuntu 20.04.


How to install Perl on Ubuntu ?

1. Perform system update

Update the system's package with the below command:

$ sudo apt update

2. Install Perl on the system

To do this, Run the apt command:

$ sudo apt install perl


How to check Perl's list of installed packages ?

To do this, Run the following command:

$ apt list --installed | grep -i perl

You can check its version by running the below command:

$ perl -v


Examples of using Perl on Ubuntu

Firstly, you create a file ending with *.pl. Here we will create a file named hello.pl:

$ nano hello.pl

Then type the following lines:

#!/usr/bin/perl

use warnings;
print("Hello World!")

Then, Save and exit this file.

To run this program, follow the below command:

$ perl hello.pl


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Conclusion

This article covers how to install Perl on Ubuntu 20.04. In fact, Perl is a general-purpose, high-level, interpreted programming language. It is the acronym of Practical Extraction and Reporting Language, initially, Perl was designed as a scripting language to make report processing easier.


How to install Perl in Ubuntu ?

1. Refresh the local package repository and upgrade all packages to a newer version:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

2. Once your system gets updated, use the following command to install Perl in your system:

$ sudo apt install perl

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