In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Erlang on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Erlang is a programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements for high availability. The Erlang runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution, and fault tolerance.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Erlang in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install Erlang on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Erlang.
First, download the Erlang repository package from its official website and install it on your system:
wget https://packages.erlang-solutions.com/erlang-solutions_1.0_all.deb dpkg -i erlang-solutions_1.0_all.deb
Now, you can install the erlang package on your system using the following command:
apt-get update apt-get install erlang
Step 3. Erlang Hello World Program.
Let’s start with the hello world program on erlang. First, create a file
helloworld.erl with the following content:
Add the following content:
% hello world program -module(helloworld). -export([start/0]). start() -> io:fwrite("Hello World!\n").
Compile the hello world program using the below command:
Now, run your program using the below command:
erl -noshell -s helloworld start -s init stop
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Erlang. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Erlang on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Erlang website.