This guide will walk you through installing Statocles. Statocles is a command-line application, so some familiarity with using a command terminal is needed.

Throughout this guide, the $ character will be placed before commands for you to run. This is the standard "prompt" character on Unix-like terminals. Your prompt may look different (for example, C:/> on Windows and DOS-like terminals). Any line not preceded by a $ is example output from running the command.

Installing Perl

Statocles is a Perl application, so you will need a Perl installation before you can run Statocles.


Many Linux distributions come with a basic Perl that can run Statocles. Other distributions come with a perl executable, but lack some of the core modules Statocles expects.

To check if you've got a Perl already installed, open a terminal and run which perl:

$ which perl /usr/bin/perl

The which command will tell you whether there is anything called perl available to execute. If which can't find a Perl, it will print nothing, and you'll be shown your prompt again. You should install Perl using your distribution's package manager.

  • RedHat, CentOS, Fedora: sudo yum install perl-core
  • Debian, Ubuntu, Mint: sudo apt-get install perl

When Perl is installed, you should verify you have a recent-enough version. Statocles requires Perl 5.10.1 or later (released in 2001). You can run perl -v to see what version of Perl you have.

$ perl -v This is Perl v5.12.2

If you have a recent enough Perl, you can proceed on to Installing Statocles. If your OS doesn't have a recent enough Perl, you can build Perl from source using perlbrew or plenv.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X comes with a Perl modern enough to run Statocles. Skip ahead to Installing Statocles to install Statocles. If you want to install a separate Perl to ensure there are no problems when upgrading your Mac OS X, you can try homebrew for installing a wide variety of software, or Perl-specific solutions like perlbrew or plenv.

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Windows rarely comes with a Perl install, so you'll have to do it yourself. We recommend using Strawberry Perl, but ActivePerl by ActiveState is also an option. Install the latest version of one of these Windows Perl distributions.

If you choose ActivePerl, installing Statocles will be slightly different. See Installing with ActivePerl.

Installing with access to Git

A common Statocles deployment strategy involves using Git for deploying the website. To make Statocles automatically deploy using Git, it must have access to the Git command-line tools.


Installing Statocles

Once Perl is installed, we can install Statocles itself. There are a couple ways to do this depending on whether you have administrator (root) access to the machine.

Installing without administrator privileges

This is the recommended way to install Statocles on Linux and Mac OS X. Installing Statocles for the entire machine can create problems, especially if your OS depends on the Perl it includes for its own operations. Installing to your own user directory ensures that you can easily uninstall Statocles without impacting the rest of your system.

This method will not work on Windows, unfortunately, but on Windows there is also no danger of the OS relying on Perl for its own operation.

Setting up your user environment


Installing Statocles

Now that your environment is ready, you can install Statocles with cpan Statocles.


Installing for the entire machine

With admin privileges, you can simply run "cpan Statocles" and everything will work. A wall of text will fly past your screen, and Statocles will test itself and install itself if the tests pass.

If the tests fail on your machine, or if Statocles fails to install for any reason, please open a bug report, and include the full log from your terminal so we can help fix the problem.

This is the recommended way to install Statocles on Windows using Strawberry Perl.

Installing with ActivePerl

ActivePerl for Windows has a slightly different way to install Perl modules, called Perl Package Manager (PPM). To install Statocles using ActivePerl, run ppm Statocles.

C:/> ppm Statocles XXX

Installing optional prereqs

Optional prereqs are installed in the same way as Statocles. If you installed Statocles using the cpan command, you install these optional prereqs using the same command. If you installed Statocles using the ppm command, you most likely install these using the ppm command again.


This module allows Statocles to use Git as a deployment target, which enables Github Pages support, or a nicely-automated, authenticated, and auditable way of deploying to your own machines using only a standard ssh login.

To install the Git::Repository module, do cpan Git::Repository or ppm Git::Repository, depending on how you installed Statocles.

Auto-build daemon

On Mac OS X, the Statocles daemon can automatically rebuild your site when its content changes. To enable this feature, we need the Mac::FSEvents module.

To install the Mac::FSEvents module, do cpan Mac::FSEvents. Then, the Statocles daemon will automatically begin watching your content directories for changes.


The optional Statocles syntax highlighting plugin, which colorizes code sections for technical page and blog content, requires an optional prerequisite, the Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate module. Before we can enable this plugin in our config, we need to install its prereq. If we don't, we will get an error message saying we need to install the prereq.

To install the Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate module, do cpan Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate or ppm Syntax::Highlighter::Engine::Kate, depending on how you installed Statocles.