An industrial-strength functional programming language with an emphasis on expressiveness and safety

# let square x = x * x
val square : int -> int = < fun >
# square 3
- : int = 9
# let rec fac x =
if x <= 1 then 1 else x * fac (x - 1)
val fac : int -> int = < fun >
# fac 5
- : int = 120
# square 120
- : int = 14400
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The OCaml Compiler has been recognised by SIGPLAN for their prestigious Programming Languages Software Award

Fourteen core OCaml developers are featured for their significant contributions to the project

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Why OCaml?

Powerful Type Safety Made Simple

OCaml’s lightweight but highly expressive type system catches more bugs at compile time while garbage collection allows you to focus on application logic instead of memory management. Large, complex codebases become easy to maintain and refactor. OCaml empowers you to create mission-critical software with highest security- and safety-requirements in environments with ever-changing requirements!
An example OCaml program defining nested lists in OCaml. A terminal output also shows the compiler catching a type error where a pattern-match was not exhaustive.

First-Class Editor and Tooling

OCaml comes with deep integrations for VS Code, Vim or Emacs to provide type inspection, autocomplete and more. Between Opam, a popular package manager; Utop, a powerful interactive REPL; and odoc, an easy-to-use documentation generator, OCaml programmers have access to a complete, modern developer experience.
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Fast Compiler and Applications

OCaml offers great runtime performance without compromising on developer experience: The bytecode compiler generates small, highly portable executables blazingly fast; the native code compiler produces highly-efficient machine code. Despite this focus on performance, the OCaml compiler has always been exceptionally reliable and stable - going all the way back to its inception in 1996.

Exceptionally Robust and Reliable

Despite all this testing, we have never had a single XenServer defect reported from internal testing or from the field that can be traced back to a bug in the OCaml runtime or compiler. (During development we did once find a minor compiler bug, triggered when compiling auto-generated OCaml code with many function arguments, but this was already fixed in the development branch by the time we reported it and so no interaction with the maintainers at INRIA was required.)
-- Scott, D. & Sharp, R. & Gazagnaire, T. & Madhavapeddy, A. (2010). Using Functional Programming within an Industrial Product Group: Perspectives and Perceptions. ACM SIGPLAN Notices. 45. 87-92. 10.1145/1863543.1863557.


Recent Release

5.1.0 (2023-09-14)

  • Many runtime performance regression and memory-leaks fixes (dynlinking, weak array, weak hash sets, GC with idle domains, GC prefetching)
  • Restored support for native code generation on RISC-V and s390x architectures
  • Restored Cygwin port
  • Reduced installation size (50% reduction)
  • Compressed compilation artefacts (.cmi, .cmt, .cmti, .cmo, .cma files)
  • 19 error message improvements
  • 14 standard library functions made tail-recursive with Tail-Recursion-Modulo-Cons (TRMC), such as List.append and List.map
  • 57 new standard library functions
  • More examples in the standard library documentation
  • 42 bug fixes
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The OCaml Ecosystem

OCaml has a passionate and diverse community, with more than ten thousand developers and over four thousand open source packages. Existing packages cover a variety of problem areas, including data science, bioinformatics, and programming language design. OCaml's roots in academic and theoretical computer science provide for a solid foundation on which application developers build command-line utilities, performant, dynamic web apps, or embedded applications!

Users of OCaml

OCaml is used by thousands of developers, companies, research labs, teachers, and more. Learn how it fits your use case.

For Educators

With its mathematical roots, OCaml has always had strong ties to academia. It is taught in universities around the world, and has accrued an ever-growing body of research. Learn more about the academic rigor that defines the culture of OCaml.
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For Industrial Users

OCaml's powerful compile-time guarantees and high performance empower companies to provide reliable and speedy services and products. Learn more about how OCaml is used in the industry: explore success stories and discover companies that use OCaml.
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OCaml Packages

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