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Getting Started

This document will explain how to get started with writing Pluto in no time.

Write Pluto Online

The easiest way to get started writing Pluto is to use Write Pluto Online, which runs Pluto code directly in your browser using WASM.

Prebuilt Binaries

You can find pre-built binaries of Pluto for Windows, Linux, & Mac OS over on Pluto's Github Releases page.



You can easily install pluto & plutoc via Chocolatey as follows:

choco install plutolang

APT Repository

You can easily install pluto & plutoc via APT as follows:

wget -qO- | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/calamity-inc.gpg > /dev/null
echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/calamity-inc.gpg] buster main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/calamity-inc.list > /dev/null
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pluto

Don't worry about the "buster" part; our prebuilt binaries are compiled on Debian 10 (buster), but they work on all subsequent Debian releases, as well as Ubuntu 20 and above.


Pluto is in the Arch User Repository under the name plutolang.


Pluto is available in the Termux package main repository under plutolang for binaries and libpluto for development library.

Compile Pluto Yourself

Pluto can compile on virtually any platform, as long as there's a C++ 17 compiler for it.

First, you need to clone the repository:

git clone
cd Pluto

Then, you can use any of the build methods documented here.

PHP Scripts


PHP is required for this method. You can check if PHP is installed by running php -v. You can install it via sudo apt intall php-cli on Debian or sudo pacman -S php on Arch.

Simply run the following commands:

php scripts/compile.php clang
php scripts/link_pluto.php clang
php scripts/link_plutoc.php clang
php scripts/link_static.php

You can easily modify these commands to a compiler other than clang, if you wish. There are also additional scripts for the various types of shared libraries.

The binaries will be placed in the src/ directory.

Visual Studio

In the repository you just cloned, there's a Pluto.sln you can open with Visual Studio.

Within Visual Studio, open the Build > Batch Build dialog. Here, click "Select All", then "Build".

The binaries will be placed in the out/ directory.


You can simply run the make command:

make -j PLAT={yourplatform}

The platform list can be found here.

The binaries will be placed in the src/ directory.


Pluto supports the Sun build system by providing .sun files in the src/ directory, you can use them to build pluto & plutoc:

cd src
sun pluto
sun plutoc

The binaries will be placed in the src/ directory.

If you wish to use Pluto as a static library in your own projects, simply add the following to your project's .sun file:

require ../Pluto/src

Assuming a directory structure where your own project and Pluto share the same parent.