CHAPTER 2How to Obtain, Install,and Use F#

This chapter is designed to get you up and running with F# as quickly as possible. You'll look at how to obtain F#, how to install it on both Windows and Linux, and how to use the compiler in various ways. I'll also discuss what version of software the examples in this book were tested with and what extra software you might need to install.

Obtaining F#

You can download F# from the Microsoft Research F# Download page at The package includes various versions of the compiler, which are compatible with different versions of the CLR, fsi.exe (the F# interactive console), some F#-based parsing tools, the F# base class libraries, the F# documentation, and ...

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