Installing Perl/CGI on Microsoft Windows

My Configurations

My system is configured as follows:

Web root = c:/www Apache version = 2.2.6 Apache installation directory = c:/Apache2.2/

Download ActivePerl

Download windows MSI version from

Install ActivePerl

Double click on the downloaded file to install it. By default it installs at c:/Perl.

Test Installation

To test whether the installation was successfull, we need to create and run a hello world file.


print "Hello, World...\n";

Save the file as c:/www/
Start > Run > cmd > Ok type perl

If you see Hello, World..., Perl installed correctly, otherwise reinstall ActiveState Perl.

Activate CGI

Open httpd.conf change
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks ExecCGI
ExecCGI tells Apache to execute CGI. Next, change
#AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl
Now .cgi and .pl files could be executed as CGI.

Test CGI


print "Content-type:text/html\n\n"; print "hello world";

Save it as c:/Apache2.2/cgi-bin/hello.cgi. View http://localhost/cgi-bin/hello.cgi in your browser. If you see hello world, CGI is working correctly.

Running CGI from another address

Very often you would not want to run CGI from an Apache directory. To change the cgi-bin, create the folder

Then edit your httpd.conf file. The ScriptAlias line should look as follows:
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ C:/www/cgi-bin/
and change
<Directory "C:/Apache2.2/cgi-bin">
<Directory "C:/www/cgi-bin">


Perl errors are logged in the Apache error log. To view it, go to Start > Apache HTTP Server 2.2.6 > Review Server Log Files > Review Error Log or C:/Apache2_2/logs/error.log