husk-scheme: R5RS Scheme interpreter program and library.

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A dialect of R5RS Scheme written in Haskell. Provides advanced features including continuations, hygienic macros, and the full numeric tower.

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Dependencies array, base (>=2.0 && <5), containers, directory, haskeline, haskell98, mtl, parsec [details]
License MIT
Author Justin Ethier
Maintainer Justin Ethier <>
Category Compilers/Interpreters, Language
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husk Scheme

husk is a dialect of Scheme written in Haskell that implements a subset of the R<sup>5</sup>RS standard. Advanced R<sup>5</sup>RS features are provided including continuations, hygienic macros, and a full numeric tower.

husk provides many features and is intended as a good choice for certain applications, however it is not a highly optimized version of Scheme. Rather, the goal of the project is to provide a tight integration between Haskell and Scheme while at the same time providing an opportunity for deeper understanding of both languages. In addition, by closely following the R<sup>5</sup>RS standard, the intent is to develop a Scheme that is as compatible as possible with other R<sup>5</sup>RS Schemes.

Scheme is one of two main dialects of Lisp. Scheme follows a minimalist design philosophy: the core language consists of a small number of fundamental forms which may be used to implement the other built-in forms. Scheme is an excellent language for writing small, elegant programs, and may also be used to write scripts or embed scripting functionality within a larger application.

Feature List

husk includes the following features from R<sup>5</sup>RS:

  • Primitive data types and their standard forms, including string, char, numbers (integer, rational, floating point, and complex), list, pair, vector, and symbols
  • Proper tail recursion
  • Proper lexical scoping
  • Conditionals: if, case, cond
  • Sequencing: begin
  • Iteration: do
  • Quasi-quotation
  • Delayed Execution: delay, force
  • Binding constructs: let, named let, let*, letrec
  • Assignment operations
  • Basic IO functions
  • Standard library of Scheme functions
  • Read-Eval-Print-Loop (REPL) interpreter, with input driven by Haskeline to provide a rich user experience
  • Full numeric tower: includes support for parsing/storing types (exact, inexact, etc), support for operations on these types as well as mixing types and other constraints from the R<sup>5</sup>RS specification.
  • Continuations: First-class continuations, call/cc, and call-with-values.
  • Hygienic Macros: High-level macros via define-syntax - Note this is still somewhat of a work in progress and while it works well enough that many derived forms are implemented in our standard library, you may still run into problems when defining your own macros.

As well as the following approved extensions:

  • Hash tables, as specified by SRFI 69

husk scheme is available under the MIT license.


husk may be easily installed using cabal - just run the following command:

cabal install husk-scheme


The interpreter may be invoked by running it directly from the command line:


Alternatively, you may run an individual scheme program:

./huski my-scheme-file.scm


A Haskell API is also provided to allow you to embed a Scheme interpreter within a Haskell program. The key API modules are:

  • Language.Scheme.Core - Contains functions to evaluate (execute) Scheme code.
  • Language.Scheme.Types - Contains Haskell data types used to represent Scheme primitives.

For more information, run make doc to generate API documentation from the source code. Also, see shell.hs for a quick example of how you might get started.


The following packages are required to build husk scheme:

  • GHC - Or at the very least, no other compiler has been tested.
  • cabal-install may be used to build, deploy, and generate packages for husk.
  • Haskeline - which may be installed using cabal: cabal install haskeline

The scm-unit-tests directory contains unit tests for much of the scheme code. All tests may be executed via make test command.

The examples directory contains example scheme programs.

Patches are welcome; please send via pull request on github.


husk scheme is developed by Justin Ethier.

The interpreter is based on code from the book Write Yourself a Scheme in 48 Hours written by Jonathan Tang and hosted / maintained by Wikibooks.

If you would like to request changes, report bug fixes, or contact me, visit the project web site at GitHub.