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 || abclAUR
  • CCL — Clozure Common Lisp || cclAUR
  • CLISP — ANSI Common Lisp interpreter, compiler and debugger || clisp
  • CMUCL — CMU Common Lisp || cmucl
  • ECL — Embeddable Common Lisp || ecl
  • SBCL — Steel Bank Common Lisp || sbcl

SBCL 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. SBCL is a fork of CMUCL. CMUCL is a posix only implementation that was originally developed at Carnegie Mellon. On the other hand, both ECL and CLISP offer good C integration and embeddability. Clozure is an implementation based on Open Macintosh Common Lisp. It is known for its fast compiling times. ABCL runs the java virtual machine.


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.


For the interactive experience that Common Lisp is known for, see slime.

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