What is Kernel?

Kernel is a Scheme-like programming language by John N. Shutt in which all objects are first-class.

What is klisp?

klisp is an implementation of the Kernel Programming Language


            ($define! $and?
                ($vau x e
                    ($cond ((null? x)         #t)
                        ((null? (cdr x))   (eval (car x) e))
                        ((eval (car x) e)  (apply (wrap $and?) (cdr x) e))
                        (#t                #f))))

This is not the classical Hello World example, here we are defining the and operator. Try that in your programming language 😉

Get Started

hg clone https://bitbucket.org/AndresNavarro/klisp 
cd klisp/src
make posix

klisp 0.3  Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Andres Navarro, Oto Havle
klisp> (+ 41 1)

Read the Documentation

klisp documentation is available in html format here: klisp documentation.

Read the Code

klisp source code is available under the MIT License. You can get it through bitbucket here: klisp Mercurial repository.


Participate in the klisp discussion group: klisp Google Group.


Create issues on the issue tracker, send patches, help documenting or spreading the word!


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The Kernel Programming Language was created by John N. Shutt
klisp is developed by Andres Navarro and Oto Havle