Perl is one of the most established programming languages on the Internet. With its powerful string processing capabilities and the optional availability of almost every library imaginable, Perl is an excellent choice for somebody looking to allow flexibility and expandability. At HelioHost, we offer Perl configured with more than 100 basic libraries, and allow easy installation of all additional CPAN modules through your site's control panel. If you're a Perl developer looking for free hosting, HelioHost is the place to be.

Perl 5.8.8

Libraries, extensions, and configuration options


  • Extensive set of default libraries
    HelioHost offers more than 100 Perl libraries by default on all free hosting accounts.
  • Capability to add Perl libraries
    HelioHost users have the optional ability to add extra libraries to their Perl installations. All CPAN libraries can be installed from within your control panel.


  • Root-level access
    As a security restriction, we force each Perl script to run as its HelioHost user through suEXEC. This prevents any actions that require root-level access. This shouldn't be a problem for legitimate uses.
How do I use Perl?
A great resource for learning Perl is the Online Library. Whatever your level of experience is, there will probably be a book available for you. Perl scripts are easy to configure and run. Just create a file in your cgi-bin directory under public_html, and place the Perl "shebang" line (#!/usr/bin/perl) on the first line of the file. Below this line you may write Perl code. Make sure you make this file's CHMOD permissions 755, and output a Content-type header before anything else.


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