GF 3.6 was released on 23 June 2014.
What's new? See the Release notes.
|Platform||Download||Features||How to install|
|Mac OS X||gf-3.6-bin-intel-mac.tar.gz||GF+S+C+P||
Features: GF = GF shell and grammar compiler and the Resource Grammar Library,
gf -server mode, C = C run-time system, P = Python binding to the C run-time system
The Windows package is installed by just unpacking it anywhere.
You will probably need to set the
variables, see Inari's notes on
Installing GF on Windows.
The new experimental MINGW package is for use in the
MINGW environment in Windows. Unpack it in the MSYS shell
(which is started with
It should work out of the box without any additional settings.
.deb packages work on Ubuntu 12.04, 13.10 and 14.04.
The Mac OS tar package works on 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks).
The Mac OS and Linux
.tar.gz packages are designed to be installed in
You can install them in other locations, but then you need to set the
GF_LIB_PATH environment variable:
/usr/local should be replaced with the path to the location where you
unpacked the package.
GF is on Hackage, so under normal circumstances the prodedure is fairly simple:
cabal install gf
You can also download the full source package from here:
The above steps installs GF for a single user.
The executables are put in
(or, with recent versions of the Haskell platform on Mac OS X,
$HOME/Library/Haskell/bin), so it is a good
idea to put a line in your
to add that directory to you path:
on Linux depends on some non-Haskell libraries that
won't be installed automatically by cabal, and therefore need to be installed
manually. Here is one way to do this:
sudo apt-get install libghc-haskeline-dev
sudo yum install ghc-haskeline-devel
We recommend using GHC 7.6 (which is part of the Haskell Platform 2013.2.0.0)
or GHC 7.4 (which is part of the Haskell Platform 2012.4.0.0).
Using GHC 7.0 will probably still work for the most part
(but there is an issue with error reporting in
when compiled with GHC 7.0).
Compilation with GHC 6.12 is no longer supported, because of multiple package
version dependency problems.
The GF source code has been updated to be compilable with GHC 7.8,
unlike the cgi package on Hackage,
which is needed to compile GF with
gf -server mode support.
If you want to compile GF with GHC 7.8 and need
gf -server mode,
a patched version of the cgi package on github
that you can install instead of the version on Hackage.
The Haskell Platform for Mac OS X
page states that you need Xcode 3.2 or later, but in fact it appears you need
Xcode 3.2.3 or later. If you have Xcode 3.2.2, you can get an error from the
ld: unknown option: -no_pie.
There seems to be a bug in some versions of Cabal that can cause
Distribution/Simple/PackageIndex.hs:124:8-13: Assertion failed
if the same version of GF is
already installed. If you encounter this, you can use
ghc-pkg unregister gf
to remove the installed version of GF and
ghc-pkg list gf to verify that
it is gone.
The first time:
darcs get --lazy http://www.grammaticalframework.org/ GF cd GF cabal install
cd GF darcs pull -a cabal install
Alternatively, you can get the code from the GF GitHub mirror, which is updated nightly.
The above notes for installing from source apply also in these cases. For more info on working with the GF source code, see the GF Developers Guide.