I had the pleasure this afternoon of being interviewed by a local, online publication about our new Perl Mongers group ( Among other things, the interviewer asked me to name a Perl-powered product that would be known by many lay persons. I have found one list here, but I'm afraid most non-programmers I know would not recognize most, if not all, of those. Realizing that the interviewer's audience are local non-techies, how would you respond?

My off-the-cuff response was big, open-source projects like Linux, Git, and Subversion use Perl behind the scenes, but she has given me a chance to come up with something perhaps more well-known to the average iPad user. So any better suggestions are welcome and will help in a small way to spread the word about Perl.

Thanks for any input.

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Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 22, 2015 at 02:08 UTC

        Thanks--I didn't think of searching here first--sorry.


Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product?
by hexcoder (Deacon) on Sep 23, 2015 at 13:52 UTC

      Another good one--thanks!

Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product?
by Discipulus (Canon) on Sep 25, 2015 at 11:41 UTC
    NSA FoxAcid?

    And we know since a while (1999)! Interview with Larry Wall:
    Marjorie: Who is using Perl and how are they using it?

    Larry: A couple of years ago, I ran into someone at a trade show who was representing the NSA (National Security Agency). He mentioned to someone else in passing that he'd written a filter program in Perl, so without telling him who I was, I asked him if I could tell people that the NSA uses Perl. His response was, “Doesn't everyone?” So now I don't tell people the NSA uses Perl. I merely tell people the NSA thinks everyone uses Perl. They should know, after all.

    There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
    Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.

      Nice reference--thanks!

Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product?
by 1nickt (Canon) on Sep 24, 2015 at 20:27 UTC
    Consumers won't know it, but you can tell them that it keeps the time for ~ 15 million servers on the internet, thus allowing on-line commerce to work. (Computers are stupid and if the time appears to go backwards by a little bit they mostly can't handle it.)

    The way forward always starts with a minimal test.


Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product?
by fishy (Friar) on Sep 24, 2015 at 19:40 UTC

      Thanks--and cheers to you!

Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product?
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:59 UTC

    There is "Unrar Extract and Recover"
    it's a popular end user, niche (and ugly looking!) app for Windows but written in Perl

    Check these reviews for more info:

      Excellent example--thanks!

Re: Most well-known Perl-powered product?
by marioroy (Prior) on Sep 25, 2015 at 11:04 UTC

    Another one, the open source web-based network management tool App::Netdisco.


      Thank you!