Files of check-in  in the top-level directory
This is the Tcl 8.5.19 source distribution.
You can get any source release of Tcl from our distribution site.
- Compiling and installing Tcl
- Development tools
- Tcl newsgroup
- The Tcler's Wiki
- Mailing lists
- Support and Training
- Tracking Development
- Thank You
Tcl provides a powerful platform for creating integration applications that tie together diverse applications, protocols, devices, and frameworks. When paired with the Tk toolkit, Tcl provides the fastest and most powerful way to create GUI applications that run on PCs, Unix, and Mac OS X. Tcl can also be used for a variety of web-related tasks and for creating powerful command languages for applications.
Tcl is maintained, enhanced, and distributed freely by the Tcl community. Source code development and tracking of bug reports and feature requests takes place at core.tcl-lang.org. Tcl/Tk release and mailing list services are hosted by SourceForge with the Tcl Developer Xchange hosted at www.tcl-lang.org.
Tcl is a freely available open source package. You can do virtually
anything you like with it, such as modifying it, redistributing it,
and selling it either in whole or in part. See the file
license.terms for complete information.
Extensive documentation is available at our website. The home page for this release, including new features, is here. Detailed release notes can be found at the file distributions page by clicking on the relevant version.
The complete set of reference manual entries for Tcl 8.5 is online, here.
2a. Unix Documentation
doc subdirectory in this release contains a complete set of
reference manual entries for Tcl. Files with extension "
.1" are for
programs (for example,
tclsh.1); files with extension "
.3" are for C
library procedures; and files with extension "
.n" describe Tcl
commands. The file "
doc/Tcl.n" gives a quick summary of the Tcl
language syntax. To print any of the man pages on Unix, cd to the
"doc" directory and invoke your favorite variant of troff using the
normal -man macros, for example
groff -man -Tpdf Tcl.n >output.pdf
to print Tcl.n to PDF. If Tcl has been installed correctly and your "man" program supports it, you should be able to access the Tcl manual entries using the normal "man" mechanisms, such as
2b. Windows Documentation
The "doc" subdirectory in this release contains a complete set of Windows help files for Tcl. Once you install this Tcl release, a shortcut to the Windows help Tcl documentation will appear in the "Start" menu:
Start | Programs | Tcl | Tcl Help
3. Compiling and installing Tcl
There are brief notes in the
about compiling on these different platforms. There is additional information
about building Tcl from sources
4. Development tools
ActiveState produces a high quality set of commercial quality development tools that is available to accelerate your Tcl application development. Tcl Dev Kit builds on the earlier TclPro toolset and provides a debugger, static code checker, single-file wrapping utility, bytecode compiler and more. More information can be found at
5. Tcl newsgroup
There is a USENET news group, "
comp.lang.tcl", intended for the exchange of
information about Tcl, Tk, and related applications. The newsgroup is a
great place to ask general information questions. For bug reports, please
see the "Support and bug fixes" section below.
6. Tcl'ers Wiki
There is a wiki-based open community site covering all aspects of Tcl/Tk.
It is dedicated to the Tcl programming language and its extensions. A wealth of useful information can be found there. It contains code snippets, references to papers, books, and FAQs, as well as pointers to development tools, extensions, and applications. You can also recommend additional URLs by editing the wiki yourself.
7. Mailing lists
Several mailing lists are hosted at SourceForge to discuss development or use issues (like Macintosh and Windows topics). For more information and to subscribe, visit here and go to the Mailing Lists page.
8. Support and Training
We are very interested in receiving bug reports, patches, and suggestions for improvements. We prefer that you send this information to us as tickets entered into our issue tracker.
We will log and follow-up on each bug, although we cannot promise a specific turn-around time. Enhancements may take longer and may not happen at all unless there is widespread support for them (we're trying to slow the rate at which Tcl/Tk turns into a kitchen sink). It's very difficult to make incompatible changes to Tcl/Tk at this point, due to the size of the installed base.
The Tcl community is too large for us to provide much individual support for
users. If you need help we suggest that you post questions to
or ask a question on Stack
Overflow. We read the
newsgroup and will attempt to answer esoteric questions for which no one else
is likely to know the answer. In addition, see the wiki for links to other
organizations that offer Tcl/Tk training.
9. Tracking Development
Tcl is developed in public. You can keep an eye on how Tcl is changing at core.tcl-lang.org.
10. Thank You
We'd like to express our thanks to the Tcl community for all the helpful suggestions, bug reports, and patches we have received. Tcl/Tk has improved vastly and will continue to do so with your help.