Download and installation instructions

We distribute Scheme 48 as a source release suitable for compilation under various flavors of Unix, including Linux. We have not yet created Linux package files (.deb, .rpm) for it. There was a Macintosh port years ago but we have lost track of it. For a Windows port, please visit the Win Scheme 48 page at Northwestern University.

Here are some simplified download and installation instructions. For more detailed installation instructions, see the files README and INSTALL in the distribution.

  1. Click on the following link
    Download scheme48-0.56.tgz
    to download. Put the resulting file in /tmp/scheme48-0.56.tgz or some other location of your choice.
  2. Log in as root and, at a shell, do
        cd /usr/local/src
    (You do not have to do this as root, but you may have to build the system in a different directory if you don't.)
  3. Now issue the following incantation to unpack all of the files:
        gunzip </tmp/scheme48-0.56.tgz | tar xf -
  4. Next, do
        cd scheme48-0.56
        make install
    to configure, build, and install the system.
  5. Then simply use the command
    to run the interpreter. Consult the manual at this point for information on use.