How to run ABS code
In order to run programs written in abs, you can simply download
the latest release of ABS from Github, and dump the ABS executable
PATH. Windows, OSX and a few Linux flavors are supported.
We also provide a 1-command installer that should work across platforms:
bash <(curl https://www.abs-lang.org/installer.sh)
and will download the
abs executable in your current
directory – again, we recommend to move it to your
Afterwards, you can run ABS scripts with:
$ abs path/to/scripts.abs
You can also run an executable abs script directly from bash using a bash shebang line at the top of the script file.
In this example the abs executable is linked to
and the abs script
~/bin/remote.abs has its execute permissions set.
$ cat ~/bin/hello.abs #! /usr/local/bin/abs echo("Hello world!") ... # the executable abs script above is in the PATH at ~/bin/hello.abs $ hello.abs Hello world!
Scripts do not have to have a specific extension,
although it’s recommended to use
.abs as a
convention: we may reserve some keywords in the
future (such as
abs version or
so we recommend to attach an extension to the
scripts you’re trying to run.
If you want to get a more live feeling of ABS, you can also simply run the interpreter; without any argument. It will launch ABS’ REPL, and you will be able to test code on the fly:
$ abs Hello there, welcome to the ABS programming language! Type 'quit' when you're done, 'help' if you get lost! ⧐ ip = `curl icanhazip.com` ⧐ ip.ok true ⧐ ip() ERROR: not a function: STRING ⧐ ip 18.104.22.168
That’s about it for this section!
You can now head over to try ABS directly in your browser, on the playground!