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How to install & configure Strawberry Perl on a Windows server

This article is from our multi-part series "How to install pre-requisites needed for running a self-hosted edition of MIDAS from a Windows server".

It applies to self-hosted installations of MIDAS on Windows-based servers only, and outlines how to install Strawberry Perl on Windows. Other Windows distributions of Perl (such as ActivePerl) are also available.

Please note that this article is provided "as is" and is correct at time of writing. For further assistance installing/configuring Perl, please refer to the vendor's own documentation/support.

This article assumes that you've already successfully completed our previous "How to install & configure Apache on a Windows server" guide.

Contents:


Step 1 - Download Strawberry Perl for Windows

Strawberry Perl may be freely downloaded from strawberryperl.com. Both 32-bit and a 64-bit versions are available. Please select the relevant version for your server:

Download Strawberry Perl for Windows


Step 2 - Install Strawberry Perl

Run the Strawberry Perl Installer and read & accept the License Agreement. You'll then be prompted for a location to install Strawberry Perl to (the default is C:\Strawberry):

Choose where to install Strawberry Perl to

Click "Next", and the installer will inform you that it's ready to install. Click "Install":

Ready to install Strawberry Perl

The installer will then install Strawberry Perl...

Installing Strawberry Perl

...and will inform you once installation is complete:

Strawberry Perl Installed


Step 3 - Test

Once the Strawberry Perl installer has complete, let's test Perl to ensure that it's working correctly.
Open a standard text editor and add the following two lines:

#!C:\Strawberry\perl\bin\perl.exe
print "content-type:text/html\n\nHello World!";

Save this file as "test.pl" to C:\Apache24\htdocs (or D:\Apache\htdocs, etc depending upon where you installed Apache)

Next, in your web browser, navigate to http://127.0.0.1/test.pl, and you should then see the words "Hello World!" in your browser:

Perl Hello World Test Script

...which indicates that Perl has been correctly installed!

If however, you see the entire contents of your test.pl file, then Apache didn't know how to handle your .pl file, and so instead of "executing" it, displayed its contents as plain text instead. In which case, please check Step 3B of our "How to install & configure Apache on a Windows server" guide.

If all you see if a server error when access test.pl in your browser, it's likely that either you've not correctly configured Apache to handle .pl files and/or to execute cgi scripts (please refer back to our "How to install & configure Apache on a Windows server" guide), or there's a typo in your test.pl file


Step 4 - Install Additional Modules

Once you have your test.pl script displaying "Hello World!" in your browser, it's now time to download and run our "Server Readiness" MIDAS tool. This utility will analyze your current server setup and ensure that you have all the required Perl modules required for running MIDAS, and may be freely obtained via the MIDAS Server Requirements page.

Save/upload the utility to the same server location as your previous "test.pl" script, and then access it via your browser in the same way.

Let the Server Readiness tool run, and make note of any missing required Perl modules:

MIDAS Server Readiness Tool

To install any additional modules with Strawberry Perl, please refer to our "How to install Perl modules via Strawberry Perl" KB article.

Re-run the MIDAS Server Readiness tool again in your browser to check that the previously missing modules have now been installed.


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