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Install from Tarball

You can download Crystal in a standalone .tar.gz file with everything you need to get started.

The latest files can be found on the Releases page at GitHub. Nightly builds are available as well at

Download the file for your platform and uncompress it. Inside it you will have a bin/crystal executable.

To make it simpler to use, you can create a symbolic link available in the path:

ln -s /full/path/to/bin/crystal /usr/local/bin/crystal

Then you can invoke the compiler by just typing:

crystal --version
Downloads for latest release 1.12.1
OS Type Download
Linux Tarball (.tar.gz) x86_64, x86_64-bundled
MacOS Tarball (.tar.gz) universal
Windows Installer (.exe) x86_64
Windows Portable Archive (.zip) x86_64
Downloads for nightly build
OS Type Download
Linux Tarball (.tar.gz) x86_64
MacOS Tarball (.tar.gz) universal

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Once you have Crystal installed, follow the first steps to get started.

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