There are several ways to install Agda:

Agda can be installed using different flags (see Installation Flags).

Installation from Hackage

You can install the latest released version of Agda from Hackage. Install the prerequisites and then run the following commands:

cabal update
cabal install Agda
agda-mode setup

The last command tries to set up Emacs for use with Agda via the Emacs mode. As an alternative you can copy the following text to your .emacs file:

(load-file (let ((coding-system-for-read 'utf-8))
                (shell-command-to-string "agda-mode locate")))

It is also possible (but not necessary) to compile the Emacs mode’s files:

agda-mode compile

This can, in some cases, give a noticeable speedup.

Warning: If you reinstall the Agda mode without recompiling the Emacs Lisp files, then Emacs may continue using the old, compiled files.

If you use Nix-style Local Builds, by using Cabal or by running cabal v2-install, you’ll get the following error when compiling with the GHC backend:

This is because packages are sandboxed in $HOME/.cabal/store and you have to explicitly register required packaged in a GHC environment. This can be done by running the following command:

cabal v2-install --lib Agda ieee754

This will register ieee754 in the GHC default environment.

You may want to keep the default environment clean, e.g. to avoid conflicts with other installed packages. In this case you can a create separate Agda environment by running:

cabal v2-install --package-env agda --lib Agda ieee754

You then have to set the GHC_ENVIRONMENT when you invoke Agda:

GHC_ENVIRONMENT=agda agda -c hello-world.agda


Actually it is not necessary to register the Agda library, but doing so forces Cabal to install the same version of ieee754 as used by Agda.

Prebuilt Packages and System-Specific Instructions

Arch Linux

The following prebuilt packages are available:

However, due to significant packaging bugs [such as this](, you might want to use alternative installation methods.

Debian / Ubuntu

Prebuilt packages are available for Debian and Ubuntu from Karmic onwards. To install:

apt-get install agda-mode

This should install Agda and the Emacs mode.

The standard library is available in Debian and Ubuntu from Lucid onwards. To install:

apt-get install agda-stdlib

More information:

Reporting bugs:

Please report any bugs to Debian, using:

reportbug -B debian agda
reportbug -B debian agda-stdlib


Agda is packaged in Fedora (since before Fedora 18).

yum install Agda

will pull in emacs-agda-mode and ghc-Agda-devel.


Packages are available from FreshPorts for Agda and Agda standard library.


Agda is part of the Nixpkgs collection that is used by To install Agda and agda-mode for Emacs, type:

nix-env -f "<nixpkgs>" -iA haskellPackages.Agda

If you’re just interested in the library, you can also install the library without the executable. The Agda standard library is currently not installed automatically.


Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that provides prebuilt packages for OS X. Once it is installed in your system, you are ready to install agda. Open the Terminal app and run the following command:

brew install agda

This process should take less than a minute, and it installs Agda together with its Emacs mode and its standard library. For more information about the brew command, please refer to the Homebrew documentation and Homebrew FAQ.

By default, the standard library is installed in the folder /usr/local/lib/agda/. To use the standard library, it is convenient to add the location of the agda-lib file /usr/local/lib/agda/standard-library.agda-lib to the ~/.agda/libraries file, and write the line standard-library in the ~/.agda/defaults file. To do this, run the following commands:

mkdir -p ~/.agda
echo /usr/local/lib/agda/standard-library.agda-lib >>~/.agda/libraries
echo standard-library >>~/.agda/defaults

Please note that this configuration is not performed automatically. You can learn more about using the standard library or using a library in general.

It is also possible to install with the command-line option keywords --without-stdlib, --without-ghc, or from --HEAD. This requires building Agda from source.

To configure the way of editing agda files, follow the section Emacs mode.


If Emacs cannot find the agda-mode executable, it might help to install the exec-path-from-shell package by doing M-x package-install RET exec-path-from-shell RET and adding the line (exec-path-from-shell-initialize) to your .emacs file.

Installation of the Development Version

After getting the development version following the instructions in the Agda wiki:

  • Install the prerequisites

  • In the top-level directory of the Agda source tree

    • Follow the instructions for installing Agda from Hackage (except run cabal install instead of cabal install Agda) or

    • You can try to install Agda (including a compiled Emacs mode) by running the following command:

      make install

      Note that on a Mac, because ICU is installed in a non-standard location, you need to specify this location on the command line:

      make install-bin CABAL_OPTS='--extra-lib-dirs=/usr/local/opt/icu4c/lib --extra-include-dirs=/usr/local/opt/icu4c/include'

Installation Flags

When installing Agda the following flags can be used:


Use cpphs instead of cpp. Default: off.


Enable debugging features that may slow Agda down. Default: off.


Enable the --count-clusters flag. Note that if enable-cluster-counting is False, then the --count-clusters flag triggers an error message. Default: off.