Getting started

Pixie implements its own virtual machine therefore in order to use Pixie the Pixie-VM is required. Pixie-VM may either be built from source or a release may be downloaded.


The latest Pixie-VM (PVM) is available binary is available here. The PVM is currently in alpha.

Building from source

Building from source is currently possible on 4 platforms:

  1. Arch
  2. Debian
  3. FreeBSD
  4. OS X

Builing on Arch

pacman -S libuv libffi python2
mkdir ~/projects/pixie-lang
cd ~/projects/pixie-lang
git clone
cd pixie
PYTHON="/usr/bin/python2" make build_with_jit
mkdir ~/bin
cd ~/bin

Building on Debian

sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config
sudo apt-get install curl libffi-dev libedit-dev
sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev
sudo apt-get install libuv-dev
git clone
cd pixie
make build_with_jit

Building on FreeBSD 10.1

pkg install libuv libffi gmake readline python
git clone
cd pixie
make build_with_jit

Building on OS X via Homebrew

brew install libuv libffi boost
git clone
cd pixie
make build_with_jit


Once the PVM has been obtained it is advised that a symbolic link from the PVM to the /usr/bin/pixie directory be created.

This documentation assumes that an alias (pixie) to the PVM has been created

Verify the installion of Pixie by entering the following in the terminal:

$ pixie -v

If installed correctly the installed version of pixie will echoed.