How To Install Nim on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Nim on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nim on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Nim is a systems and applications programming language. Statically typed and compiled, it gives unparalleled functionality in an elegant package.

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 through the step-by-step installation of Nim programming language on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Nim 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 Nim.

Nim is available on Ubuntu 16.04 repository. To install Nim we can run the command below:

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install nim

Now we can check the Nim version installed:

### nim -v
Nim Compiler Version 0.12.0 (2017-11-02) [Linux: amd64]
Copyright (c) 2006-2015 by Andreas Rumpf

Next, create a sample hello world application for Nim. Create a new file called hello.nim with contents below:

echo "Hello Nim! -"

Compile the source code:

$ nim c hello.nim
Hint: system [Processing]
Hint: hello [Processing]
CC: hello
CC: system
Hint: [Link]
Hint: operation successful (9846 lines compiled; 0.910 sec total; 16.168MB; Debug Build) [SuccessX]

Now let’s execute the hello application:

### ./hello 
Hello Nim! -

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