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Farabi - Modern Perl IDE


version 0.47


  # Run on the default port 4040
  $ farabi
  # Run it on port 5050
  $ farabi --port 5050


This is a modern web-based Perl IDE that runs inside your favorite browser.

Please run the following command and then open in your browser:



Farabi is an experiment in progress. It is a web-based user interface with a backend Perl web server. Please DO NOT serve it on the Internet unless you jail it in an isolated uber-secure environment that has proper CPU and I/O limits and non-root access.

You have been warned, young padawan :)


Open File(s)

The dialog provides partial filename search inside the directory where Farabi was started. Matched single or multiple file selections can then be opened in one batch.

WARNING: Please do not start farabi in a folder with too many files like your home directory because this feature's performance will eventually suffer.



Returns 1 when a required module with a specific version is found otherwise returns 0.

It can be used in the future to toggle feature XYZ runtime support


  • Mojolicious - A next generation web framework for the Perl programming language

  • jQuery - A new kind of JavaScript Library

  • JSHint - A JavaScript Code Quality Tool

  • Bootstrap - Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development

  • CodeMirror - In-browser code editing made bearable

  • Perlito - Runtime for "Perlito" Perl5-in-Javascript


EPIC, Kephra, Padre, TryPerl


The idea started back in March 2012 as a fork of Padre. I wanted to dump Wx for the browser. The first version was in 11th April as Mojolicious::Plugin::Pedro. It used the ACE Javascript editor and jQuery UI. Then i hibernated for a while to play games :) Later I heard about Galileo. It basically used the same idea, mojolicious backend, browser for the frontend. So I stopped playing games and rolled my sleeves to focus on Pedro.

Later I discovered Pedro was not a good name for my project. So I chose Farabi for Al-Farabi who was a renowned scientist and philosopher of the Islamic Golden Age. He was also a cosmologist, logician,and musician.


If you find a bug, please report it in:

If you find this module useful, please rate it in:


Ahmad M. Zawawi <>


Kevin Dawson <>


Ahmad M. Zawawi <>


This software is copyright (c) 2014 by Ahmad M. Zawawi.

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