For the latest Gerbil, you can clone the repository:
$ git clone https://github.com/vyzo/gerbil.git
The latest Gerbil release (v0.14) requires Gambit v4.9.0; the latest Gambit is recommended nonetheless (v4.9.1).
The core system has no dependencies outside Gambit, but the standard
library has several mostly optional dependencies. The only hard dependency
libcrypto from OpenSSL; important parts of the standard library
All the other dependencies are soft.
Most library modules with foreign dependencies are not built by default,
with the exception of
sqlite. These are ubiquitous, stable
and generally useful enough to warrant being present by default;
you can still disable them if you want for a minimal installation.
In ubuntu, you can install the dependencies for a default installation with:
$ sudo apt-get install openssl libssl-dev sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev
The optional libraries can be enabled or disabled at build-time
You can also enable features later, by editing
./build.sh stdlib in
After unpacking a release or checking out the source code from Github, let
$GERBIL_HOME be the top directory of Gerbil.
$ cd $GERBIL_HOME/src $ ./build.sh
If you are building in MacOSX and want to use the homebrew OpenSSL,
then you need to specify appropriate
$ LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib \ CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include \ ./build.sh
Skip the Install, Get Started on Docker
The latest Gerbil images are available via Dockerhub
Ubuntu based version:
docker pull -it gerbil/scheme:ubuntu
CentOS based version:
docker pull -it gerbil/scheme:centos
To get to the repl:
docker run -it gerbil/scheme:ubuntu /root/gerbil/bin/gxi
Or you can build your own container, using this Dockerfile