Running Lisp

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Unix Lab Computers

You can run lisp on any of our Linux lab computers using the clisp command.

The names of our Unix computers are listed on the department’s web page here. You’ll need to run the VPN to access that page (and our computers) from off campus.

Personal Computers

You can also install clisp on your own computer. Here are minimal installation instructions to do so.
They should be sufficient in the most common cases, but your mileage may vary…


On the command line run the following:

brew install clisp
Windows 10

Download Run that executable to install clisp. On my machine, you can then run the interpreter with the command

c:\Program Files (x86)\clisp-2.49\clisp.exe

On the command line run the following:

sudo apt-get install clisp

On the Web

You can run the lisp interpreter on the web at The read-eval-print loop in this version will not print the results out to the terminal. Instead use (print ...) to evaluate and print the value of an expression.