Installing ACL2 on Windows
Windows users will probably want to do one of the following to
install and run ACL2 on their systems. Thanks to David Rager for his help
with this topic.
- Fetch the ACL2 Sedan (ACL2s) — see ACL2-sedan — which
is an extension and distribution of ACL2 integrated with the Eclipse IDE. If
you wish to use ACL2s without the Eclipse front-end, see the
information about ACL2s in the installation instructions, which explains
how to obtain and use a pre-built ACL2 binary for Windows, Linux, or Mac.
- Use a Virtual Machine platform, such as VMware Player (free for
non-commercial use) or Oracle Virtualbox (free even for commercial
use) to install Linux, and then follow the normal installation
instructions to install ACL2. As of 2014, at least a couple of our
power users are very happy with this solution, as it provides
first-class access to utilities relevant to maintaining the ACL2
system and books (like GNU Make and perl).
- Set up Windows
Subsystem for Linux on a 64-bit version of Windows 10 (or later, once
available). Within that subsystem, follow the setup and installation
instructions for ACL2. (You might be the first to test this, but it will
You are welcome to obtain
a Windows installer for a previous ACL2 release, which mimics some of
Linux and provides Emacs. Updated ACL2 binaries have been successfully
installed in such an environment.