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This aims to provide a comprehensive listing of all platforms where Chicken is available in pre-packaged form (whether as a distribution package or a binary).

In order to enable software written using Chicken to be effectively distributed, it is important that Chicken (or at least the Chicken libraries) be included in as many of the various packaging systems as possible, so that it can always be relied on as an available dependency.


Debian Linux

Chicken 2.3 (a very old version) is officially included in the Debian 3.1 (Sarge) and 4.0 (Etch) distributions. Newer Chicken versions are available via unofficial packages, please see Debian packages.

Ubuntu Linux

The Debian packages should work on Ubuntu, too. Can anyone confirm?

Gentoo Linux

A Portage ebuild is available.

Maintained by Marijn Schouten.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server/Desktop (SLES/SLED)

No package available as of yet. Volunteers?

CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

No package available as of yet. Volunteers?


No information as of yet.

Mac OS X


If you're using MacPorts, installation is very simple. Open the Terminal application and type the following:

 sudo port install chicken

This will download, compile and install the latest Chicken version.

The MacPorts package is maintained by Arto Bendiken.

Mac binary

There used to be a binary installer made available. What happened to it?


No binaries available at this time. See the INSTALL-CMake.txt that ships with the Chicken source distribution for how to compile for Microsoft Visual Studio, MinGW, and Cygwin compilers. You can also look at Compiling Chicken on Windows XP with MinGW but these are just shortened instructions for MinGW users. INSTALL-CMake.txt contains the same information.


See Chicken on handhelds.