Getting The Haskell Cabal

Note: Most people already have Cabal because it is included in the Haskell Platform.

If you want to upgrade to the latest stable version, just run:
$ cabal install cabal cabal-install
Sometimes the older installed version is still on the program search $PATH, you can check you're running the latest version with:
$ cabal --version

Cabal library (version

March 2014: Release
This is the release that ships with GHC 7.8.1 (but should also work with older versions of GHC).

Source download: Cabal-

Please see the User's guide, the API documentation, and the change log.

cabal-install tool (version

cabal-install is the command line interface to Cabal and hackage. This is the package that provides the 'cabal' command line program.

Source download: cabal-install-

Binary download for Windows: cabal.exe

Binary download for OS X Mavericks: cabal-x86_64-apple-darwin-mavericks.tar.gz

The source package requires the Cabal package above and also further packages, which can be found on hackage. To make the process easier the cabal-install tarball contains a script which downloads and installs all the dependencies.


Report bugs here or to the libraries mailing list.


You can get the development version of the code here.

Version Numbers

Stable Releases are numbered x.y.z, where y is even. Unstable snapshots between releases are numbered x.y.z, where y is odd. Changes for z are minor.

For example, 1.15.x is the development version leading up to the stable release 1.16.x.

Older Releases

The previous stable release series for Cabal was 1.16.x. The previous stable release series for cabal-install was 0.16.x.

The versions bundled with recent Haskell implementation releases include: March 2014 October 2013 October 2013
1.18.1 September 2013
1.18.0 September 2013
1.14.0 February 2012
1.12.0 January 2012 June 2010 February 2010 November 2010 June 2010 March 2010 December 2009 February 2009 February 2009 October 2008 August 2008 June 2008 December 2007 October 2007 October 2007
1.2.0 September 2007 May 2007 October 2006
1.1.6 October 2006
1.1.4 May 2006
1.1.3 September 2005
1.1.1 July 2005
0.5 February 2005
0.4 January 2005
0.2 November 2004
0.1 August 2004

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