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Paradigms Multi-paradigm: functional, procedural, meta
Family Lisp
Designed by Manuel Serrano
Developer INRIA
First appeared 1995; 25 years ago (1995)
Stable release
4.3c / 6 September 2018; 16 months ago (2018-09-06)
Typing discipline Strong, dynamic, latent
Scope Lexical
Platform ARM, IA-32, x86-64; PowerPC, Alpha
OS Cross-platform: Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, AIX, Solaris, Tru64 UNIX
License GPL, LGPL
Influenced by
Lisp, Scheme

Bigloo is a programming language, a dialect of the language Lisp, an implementation of the language Scheme. It is developed at the French IT research institute French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA). It is oriented toward providing tools for effective and diverse code generation that can match the performance of hand-written C or C++. The Bigloo system contains a Scheme compiler that can generate C code and Java virtual machine (JVM) or .NET Framework (.NET) bytecode. As with other Lisp dialects, it contains an interpreter, also termed a read-eval-print loop (REPL). It is free and open-source software. The run-time system and libraries are released under a GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The compiler and programming tools are released under a GNU General Public License (GPL).

"Bigloo is a Scheme implementation devoted to one goal: enabling Scheme based programming style where C(++) is usually required."[1]

The Hop web application engine and Roadsend PHP are written in Bigloo.



The Bigloo-lib project contains modules for:

  • Regular Expressions
  • MzScheme Compatibility
  • iconv Character Set Conversion
  • Extended Console Application support – This includes support for GNU Readline, and termios
  • SQL – tested with MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite
  • XML – an interface to the Expat XML parser
  • GTK


  1. ^ "Bigloo homepage". Inria Sophia-Antipolis. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  2. ^ "Biglook". Archived from the original on 2007-05-21.

See also

External links

  • Official website

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