Installation Guide

Vala is available on multiple operating systems. Follow the isntallation instructions below for your operating system.


Vala is available on a large variety of Linux distributions. You can also install other development files for libraries to use with vala.


Development files usually come in *-devel packages, for example libgee-devel.

$ sudo dnf install vala


You need to install *-dev packages, to get development files on Debian.

$ sudo apt install valac

Arch Linux

$ sudo pacman -S vala


First you install the port:

$ cd /usr/ports/lang/vala/ && make install clean

And then you can add the package:

$ pkg install vala



MSYS2 provides a Linux-like environment for Windows. First install MSYS2, then install vala with the following commands:

$ pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc
$ pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-pkg-config
$ pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-vala

You also need to install all the libraries that you want to use individually.

Windows Subsystem for Windows (WSL)

Install a Linux distribution in WSL and then continue with the installation instructions for Linux.

Mac OS X

To install Vala on you can use brew, a package manager for OS X:

$ brew install vala

Verifying the Installation

If you installed everyting correctly, if enter this line in your terminal:

$ valac --version

A line like this should be printed in the terminal:

Vala x.xx.x

If you don’t see any version number and instead see something like along the lines of The command 'valac' is not recognised or any other error, this means that Vala has not been installed correctly.

Please ensure that you’ve followed the installation instructions above and try again.

If you are struggling to either:

  • Install Vala

  • Install the version of Vala that you require

Try asking the community for help.