Alien::Plotly::Orca - (DEPRECATED) Finds or installs plotly-orca


version 0.001


    use Alien::Plotly::Orca;
    use Config;

    if (Alien::Plotly::Orca->install_type eq 'share') {
        $ENV{PATH} = join(

        # get version
        my $version = Alien::Plotly::Orca->version;

    # If install_type is not 'share' then it means plotly-orca
    # was detected from PATH when Alien::Plotly::Orca was installed.
    # So in either case now you should be able to do,
    print `orca -h`;


This module is deprecated in favor of Chart::Kaleido.

This module finds plotly-orca from your system, or installs it (version 1.3.1).

For installation it uses prebuilt packages and would supports 3 OS platforms: Windows, Linux and OSX. For Windows and OSX it would get package from Anaconda's plotly repo. For Linux it would get the AppImage file from plotly-orca's github release page.



Normally you should be all fine if you have a recent version of popular distros like Ubuntu as your Linux desktop. If you're an advanced Linux user or if you get problems check below list and make sure you have them all on you Linux host.

  • FUSE

    to run AppImage, as we use AppImage for Linux. See also

  • A running X service

    plotly-orca requires X service. If your host is headless you mostly need xvfb, either ran as a service, or ran as a wrapper every time like xvfb-run orca ....

  • "open sans" font

    Not having this font won't cause installation to fail, but texts could be not properly rendered in the exported image file. See also


On Windows do not have your Perl installation itself in a long path. This is because that in the plotly-orca's tar.bz2 archive there are some files with quite long paths, and if your Perl itself is in a long path, during some intermediate step of installing this library there would need very long paths for some extractd files which could exceed Windows's default MAX_PATH limit of 260 characters. And Archive::Tar cannot handle that properly.


For Mac OSX I can't really test it as I don't have such a system at hand. Travis CI does not seem to support Perl for OSX...


Alien, Chart::Plotly Chart::Kaleido, Alien::Plotly::Kaleido


Stephan Loyd <>


Thibault Duponchelle <>


This software is copyright (c) 2019-2023 by Stephan Loyd.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.