Download Padre


Install Padre from CPAN

Padre is released as a CPAN package. You can download and install it using cpan, cpanm or CPANPLUS. The released versions can be seen here.

As Padre has many dependencies probably the easiest is to install the binary distribution where available from the vendor (Mandriva, Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD) and then use cpanm to upgrade.

If this is not possible read on.

Install from CPAN

Strawberry Perl on Windows

On Strawberry Perl you should be able to install/upgrade Padre by just opening the "cmd" and typing

  c:> cpan Padre

Active Perl in Windows

Probably the same as for Strawberry Perl but you might first need to install the C compiler they supply.


On Linux you should probably start by installing from the binary repository of your distribution (see below) and then upgrading from CPAN using local::lib.

That part starts by installing local::lib using the Bootstrapping technique and once that's done type

  $ cpan Padre

Common Problems

Corporate Proxy

People behind a (corporate) proxy will not be able to access the CPAN servers directly. First they need to tell the CPAN client which proxy to use. For this, launch the cpan client by typing cpan on the command line. You should get a cpan> prompt and in there type the following: (obviously replace the address of the proxy server with the one you have in your company).

  cpan> o conf http_proxy
  cpan> o conf commit
  cpan> q

Once you did this the cpan command should work.

WxWidgets and WxPerl

The difficult part is sometimes to install some of the prerequisites:

  • Installing wxWidgets (that Alien::wxWidgets tries to solve)
  • Installing wxPerl (the Wx distro) from CPAN.

Mattia Barbon did a great job with them but they still may be difficult to install in some cases.

Platform-specific Instructions