Common Lisp

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Common Lisp is a highly dynamic multi-paradigm language that emphasizes interactivity and performance.


There are multiple implementations available:

  • ABCL — Armed Bear Common Lisp: runs the Java virtual machine. || abclAUR
  • CCL — Clozure Common Lisp is an implementation based on Open Macintosh Common Lisp: known for its fast compiling times. || cclAUR
  • CLISP — ANSI Common Lisp interpreter, compiler and debugger: offers good C integration and embeddability. || clisp
  • CMUCL — CMU Common Lisp: a POSIX only implementation that was originally developed at Carnegie Mellon. || cmucl
  • ECL — Embeddable Common Lisp: offers good C integration and embeddability. || ecl
  • SBCL — Steel Bank Common Lisp: features a highly optimized native code generating compiler with origins that date back to the early 90's, known for its precise type derivation and its strict conformance to the ANSI standard, it is particularly suited for general purpose and scientific programming and is a fork of CMUCL. || sbcl
  • Clasp — Clasp: a new Common Lisp implementation that seamlessly interoperates with C++ libraries and programs using LLVM for compilation to native code. || clasp-clAUR


Quicklisp (quicklisp) is a package manager written in common lisp for loading common lisp libraries. It works across all major common lisp implementations, and is the dominant choice for maintaining common lisp packages within the common lisp community.


roswell is full-stack environment for Common Lisp development, and has many features that makes it easy to test, share, and distribute your Lisp applications. roswell comes with quicklisp installed by default. It may be easier to set up for development than sbcl + quicklisp are standalone.


there are 2 IDEs to make it easier to do common lisp development including:

See also