Download Darcs

Latest official binaries

Windows Intel Mac OSX GNU/Linux OpenBSD FreeBSD
Darcs 2.12.5 exe (checksum) Darcs 2.10.1 (checksum)
10.8 Mountain Lion and up

The current stable release is darcs 2.12.

Compiling from source

You can grab the source of the latest reviewed branch from

You can also clone darcs’ repository using darcs itself:

darcs clone --lazy          # more up-to-date, less tested
darcs clone --lazy  # less up-to-date, more tested

If for whatever reason you need an older release of darcs, see Releases.

Darcs is written in Haskell, and to build it we recommend the installation of the Haskell Platform. Building can then be done by typing cabal update followed by cabal install in the source directory.

Flags to alter compilation

There some flags that can be used to alter compilation. They are specified like this:

$ cabal install -fflag_name

Here are some may be of interest. Search for “flags” in the darcs.cabal file file for the complete list.

  • -f-curl: By default the cabal-based build requires the cURL library and development headers. If you can’t provide cURL, use this flag to disable the use of it. The pure Haskell ‘HTTP’ package will be used instead.

  • -frts: When trying to use the patch-index feature, you can may get an error like this: “Stack space overflow: current size 8388608 bytes.” darcs can be recompiled with this flag to avoid the issue.

  • -fstatic: Builds a static binary, which bundles most dependencies. The resulting binary is larger, but is able to be installed on similar machines without also installing all the dependencies separately.

More binaries

Microsoft Windows

Official Windows binaries:

For local or HTTP access, just download the zip file above and unpack it. If you need SSH support, see Windows.

Mac OS X

MacOS X now has four binary architectures; ppc, ppc64, x86, x86_64. For the purposes of haskell/darcs building, I think this mostly amounts the two architectures of the ppc/x86 split. The Rosetta emulation layer that ships with 10.4 x86 allows x86 users to run many (but not all) ppc binaries, however ppc users cannot run x86 binaries.


Darcs 2.12.5 (Intel x86_64, for Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra (10.9.x-10.12.x)) is available via Homebrew. If you have brew installed just type in (see http://

brew install darcs

Intel OS X

Official MacOS X binaries:

Try compiling from source

Binary not recent enough? Compiling from source can actually be quite easy. Just download the Haskell Platform and run cabal install darcs

For former versions of OS X you can compile like this:

MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.7 cabal install darcs

or like this (which is not tested yet):

cabal install --gcc-options="-mmacosx-version-min=10.7" darcs


Binary for Linux

v2.2.0 above may be useful to run with older kernels.

Packages for Debian and Ubuntu

Ubuntu is usually quite up-to-date with regards to the latest releases of Darcs. For Debian, check

Distributions that provide darcs

  • Arch Linux: in the AUR
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Frugalware
  • Gentoo: you can see which “stable” and “unstable” versions are available for your architecture at You can try the “unstable” version (for non-i386 platforms replace ~x86 with correct keyword, for amd-64 use ~amd64):
    • mkdir /etc/portage (if you have not already done so)
    • echo "dev-util/darcs ~x86" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
    • emerge darcs
  • Mandriva: ensure your urpmi is setup with contrib media. For all issue related to this package, please contact the official maintainer: To have benefits of bash completion, install the bash-completion package.
  • Ubuntu: you will have to enable the universe packages source



To see wether Darcs builds on your FreeBSD version, check the FreeBSD ports collection:

To build from source: cd /usr/ports/devel/darcs && make install or, to install the server as well: cd /usr/ports/devel/darcs && make -DWITH_SERVER install If you install the server, the CGI executable is installed as /usr/local/libexec/darcs/cgi-bin/darcs, and its configuration file is /usr/local/etc/darcs/darcs/cgi.conf.

Since darcs depends on Haskell, be prepared for the above to also download and install any Haskell related ports that you don’t already have, such as ghc.

To fetch and install a binary package from an official FreeBSD server: pkg_add -r darcs

The statically-linked Linux binary above also appears to work if you’ve got COMPAT_LINUX in your kernel.

If you want to compile darcs yourself on FreeBSD, be sure to use gmake instead of make.


darcs is available in ports.


darcs is available in pkgsrc

On x86, the statically-linked Linux binary above works if you’ve got COMPAT_LINUX in your kernel.