Perl::APIReference(3) Programmatically query the perlapi


use Perl::APIReference;
my $api = Perl::APIReference->new(perl_version => '5.22.1');
my $api_index_hash = $api->index;


This module allows accessing the perlapi documentation for multiple releases of perl as an index (a hash).

Currently, the stable releases perl 5.22.0-1, 5.20.0-2, 5.18.0-2, 5.16.0-3, 5.14.0-3, 5.12.0-4, 5.10.0-1, 5.8.0-9, and 5.6.0-2 are supported. To add support for another release, simply send me the release's perlapi.pod via email or via an RT ticket and I'll add it in the next release.

API docs for development releases may be dropped from the distribution at any time. The general policy on this is to try and ship the APIs for the newest development release.



Constructor. Takes the "perl_version" argument which specifies the version of the perlapi that you want to use. The version has to be in the form 5.008009 to indicate perl 5.8.9. For the initial releases in a new family (5.10.0, etc), the shortened forms 5.010 and 5.01 can be used.

Special "perl_version" settings are "newest" and "newest_devel" which correspond to the newest available stable and experimental perl API versions.


Returns the index of perlapi entries and their documentation as a hash reference.


Returns the API object's perl version. Possibly normalized to the floating point form ("version->new($version)->numify()").


Dumps the index as a YAML file in the format used by the Padre calltips. Requires YAML::Tiny.


Steffen Mueller, <[email protected]>


Copyright (C) 2009-2015 by Steffen Mueller

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.6.0 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.