Installation Instructions

Compiler & toolkit

From aikup (Linux & MacOS only)

First, install aikup: a basic utility tool to download and manage Aiken's pre-compiled executables:

curl -sSfL | bash

Then, simply run:


aikup alone installs the latest version available. You can install specific versions by specifying a version number. For usage instructions, use aikup --help.

From sources (All platforms)

cargo install aiken --version 1.0.4-alpha

cargo is a package manager for Rust. To install it, please refer to the Rust book (opens in a new tab)


1.0.4-alpha may not be the latest version. To install the latest version, find the latest version number on (opens in a new tab) and replace 1.0.4-alpha with it when running the command above.

From Nix flakes (Linux & MacOS only)

nix build github:aiken-lang/aiken#aiken

Language Server

The aiken command-line comes with a built-in language server (opens in a new tab). If needed, configure your language client with the following configuration (refer to your language client's instructions):

  • command: aiken lsp (the command is hidden from the command-line help usage)
  • root pattern: aiken.toml
  • filetype: aiken (.ak)

Editor integrations

The following plugins provide syntax highlighting and indentation rules for Aiken.

VSCodeaiken-lang/editor-integration-vscode (opens in a new tab)
Vim/Neovimaiken-lang/editor-integration-nvim (opens in a new tab)