First steps

Once you have downloaded a binary package or built from source, you can start Factor as follows:

  • Mac OS X: Double-click Factor.app or run open Factor.app in a Terminal to start the UI; run ./factor in the Terminal to start a command-line listener
  • Windows: Double-click factor.exe, or run .\factor.com in a command prompt, to start the Factor UI
  • Unix: Run ./factor in a shell to start the Factor UI if $DISPLAY is set, otherwise start a command line listener

For more details, see Running Factor.

Taking the plunge

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Reference documentation

The Factor environment includes extensive reference documentation. The best way to read the documentation is in the Factor UI; press F1 in the UI listener to open the help browser tool. You can also browse the documentation online at http://docs.factorcode.org. Important subsections on the above site:


A great way to get started with Factor is to join the Concatenative IRC channel and introduce yourself. We are a friendly community and we like to help beginners. We also have a Mailing list for Factor discussion.

Be sure to ride the cutting edge with RSS feeds from Planet Factor also!

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This revision created on Mon, 23 Aug 2010 04:24:42 by slava