How To Install JuliaLang on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install JuliaLang on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install JuliaLang on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Julia, commonly called JuliaLang, is a programming language for numerical computing. Julia is as fast as C but it doesn’t forfeit the readability. Therefore, we can decrease the running time of our programs in addition to the evolution time.

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 JuliaLang on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • 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).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 JuliaLang 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 required dependencies.

First, make sure you have all the required dependencies installed:

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make
apt-get install g++
apt-get install python
apt-get install gfortran
apt-get install perl
apt-get install m4
apt-get install patch
apt-get install cmake
apt-get install pkg-config

Step 3. Installing JuliaLang.

Then, get the source code of Julia from Github:

git clone git://

Next, check out the latest version of Julia:

git checkout v0.6.0

Build Julia from source:

make -j 2

Verify JuliaLang:

Type ./julia –version in the command prompt and the output should look like this:

julia version 0.6.0

There are 2 ways to use Julia, The first one is via its REPL. Just type in ./julia to access the REPL. The second one is by saving the running code under a file with extension .jl and running this file with ./julia <namesfiles.jl>.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed JuliaLang. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest stable version of JuliaLang on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official JuliaLang website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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