2. Getting Started

2.1. Installation

You can either download a binary distribution of Bangra from the website or build Bangra from source.

How to build Bangra on Linux:

  • You need build-essentials, clang 3.9, libclang 3.9 and LLVM 3.9 installed
  • put clang++ and llvm-config in your path OR extract the clang distro into the repo folder and rename it to clang.
  • You also need the latest source distribution of libffi.
  • build libffi using ./configure --enable-shared=no --enable-static=yes && make and softlink the generated build folder (e.g. x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu) as libffi in the repo folder.
  • execute ./makebangra

How to build Bangra on Windows:

  • Install MSYS2 and install both llvm and clang 3.9 for x86_64. The packages are named mingw64/mingw-w64-x86_64-llvm and mingw64/mingw-w64-x86_64-clang.
  • You also need to install the mingw64/mingw-w64-x86_64-libffi package.
  • put clang++ in your path OR make sure msys2 resides in C:\msys64 OR edit makebangra.bat and change the path accordingly.
  • copy libstdc++-6.dll, libgcc_s_seh-1.dll, libwinpthread-1.dll and libffi-6.dll from the msys2 installation into the repo folder. bangra.exe will depend on them.
  • run makebangra.bat

There should now be a bangra executable in your root folder.

You can verify that everything works by running:

bangra testing/test_all.b

2.2. Running

Bangra has a built-in console that can be launched from the command-line by passing no arguments to the bangra interpreter:


To execute a Bangra program, pass the source file as first argument to the bangra interpreter:

bangra <path-to-file.b>

2.3. Hello World

A simple “Hello World” program in Bangra looks as follows:

print "Hello world!"

Note that in order to be valid, a Bangra program must not contain any tabs, and each sub-block must be indented by four spaces.