Perinci - Collection of Perl modules for Rinci and Riap


This document describes version 0.32 of Perinci (from Perl distribution Perinci), released on 2015-09-03.


Perinci is a collection of modules for implementing/providing tools pertaining to Rinci and Riap, spread over several distributions for faster incremental releases. These tools include:

  • Wrapper

    Perinci::Sub::Wrapper is the subroutine wrapper which implements/enforces many of the metadata properties, like argument validation (using information in args) as well as offers features like assign default values, convert argument passing style, automatically envelope function result, etc.

    It is extensible so you can implement wrapper for your properties too.

  • Riap clients and servers (Perinci::Access::*)

    Perinci::Access::Perl is a client/server (well, neither really, since everything is in-process) to access Perl modules/functions using the Riap protocol. It is basically a way to call your modules/functions using URI syntax; it also dictates a bit on how you should write your functions and where to put the metadata, though it provides a lot of flexibility.

    Perinci::Access::HTTP::Client and Perinci::Access::HTTP::Server is a pair of client/server library to access Perl modules/functions using Riap over HTTP, implementing the Riap::HTTP specification.

    Perinci::Access::Simple::Client, Perinci::Access::Simple::Server::Socket, Perinci::Access::Simple::Server::Pipe are client/server libraries that implement Riap::Simple, either via TCP/Unix socket or piping.

    Perinci::Access is a simple wrapper for all Riap clients, you give it a URL/module name/whatever and it will try to select the appropriate Riap client for you.

  • Command-line libraries

    Perinci::CmdLine is an extensible and featureful command-line library to create command-line programs and API clients. Features include: transparent remote access (thanks to Riap), command-line options parsing, --help message, shell tab completion, etc.

  • Documentation tools

    See CPAN for Perinci::To::POD, Perinci::To::Text, Perinci::To::HTML. These document generators support translations based on Locale::Maketext.

  • Function/metadata generators

    These are convenient tools to generate common/generic function and/or metadata. For example, Perinci::Sub::Gen::AccessTable can generate accessor function + metadata for table data.

    See CPAN for more Perinci::Sub::Gen::* modules.

  • Others

    Samples: Perinci::Use, Perinci::Exporter, Test::Rinci.

    See CPAN for more Perinci::* modules.

To get started, read Perinci::Manual::Tutorial.


What does Perinci mean?

Perinci is taken from Indonesian word, meaning: to specify, to explain in more detail. It can also be an abbreviation for "Perl implementation of Rinci".




Please visit the project's homepage at


Source repository is at


Please report any bugs or feature requests on the bugtracker website

When submitting a bug or request, please include a test-file or a patch to an existing test-file that illustrates the bug or desired feature.


perlancar <>


This software is copyright (c) 2015 by

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