Elixir, a functional, concurrent, and scalable language, has been gaining popularity for its capabilities in building fault-tolerant systems. Built on top of the battle-tested Erlang virtual machine (BEAM), Elixir is an excellent choice for developers looking to dive into the world of functional programming. Let's get started by installing and configuring Elixir on your system!
Elixir is supported on various platforms, including macOS, Windows, and Linux. We'll cover the installation process for each of these platforms.
For macOS users, the recommended way to install Elixir is through Homebrew. If you don't have Homebrew installed on your system, follow the instructions on the Homebrew website to get it up and running. Once you have Homebrew installed, run the following command to install Elixir:
That's it! Elixir should now be installed on your system.
For Windows users, the easiest way to install Elixir is by using the official installer. Download the latest release and follow the installation wizard. Once the process is complete, Elixir should be installed on your system.
Elixir installation on Linux varies depending on the distribution you're using. Visit the official Elixir installation guide for detailed instructions on installing Elixir on your specific Linux distribution.
Now that Elixir is installed on your system, it's time to configure your development environment.
Interactive Elixir (IEx)
Interactive Elixir, or IEx, is a REPL (Read-Eval-Print Loop) that allows you to execute Elixir code interactively. To start IEx, open your terminal (or command prompt on Windows) and run the following command:
You should see a prompt similar to this:
Now, you can start experimenting with Elixir code! For example, type the following command into the IEx prompt and press ENTER:
Text Editor or IDE
Choose a text editor or IDE that supports Elixir syntax highlighting and code completion. Some popular options include Visual Studio Code with the ElixirLS extension, Atom with the autocomplete-elixir package, and Sublime Text with the ElixirSublime package.
Creating Your First Elixir Project
To create a new Elixir project, you'll need to use the
mix is Elixir's build tool and task runner, and it's essential for managing dependencies, compiling your code, and more. Run the following command to create a new project:
my_first_project with the desired name for your project. This command will generate a new directory with the necessary files to start building your Elixir application.
That's it! You're now ready to embark on your Elixir programming journey. As you explore the language, make sure to check out the official Elixir documentation and the Elixir School for in-depth learning resources. Happy coding!