Oil 0.8.8


This is the home page for version 0.8.8 of Oil, a Unix shell. To use it,

  1. Download a source tarball.
  2. Build and install it, as described in INSTALL.

These steps take 30 to 60 seconds on most machines. After that, you can assemble an oshrc file, which is described in the manual.

Test results, metrics, and benchmarks are shown below.


File / SHA256 checksum Size
oil-0.8.8.tar.xz 1,243,272
oil-0.8.8.tar.gz 1,740,690
oil-native-0.8.8.tar.xz 240,616

Note: oil-native is a preview release, not a working shell.

What's New


The Doc Overview links to all docs. Here is the subset of them that are ready to read:

More docs:


Main Test Suites

Other Suites

Manual Tests



Source Code

These files may help you understand how Oil is implemented, i.e. with domain-specific languages and code generation.

Also see the oilshell/oil repository.

Old / Experimental

These links describe the CPython / "OVM" build, which should become the "experimental" version of Oil.

OPy Tests

The OPy compiler is used to compile Oil to bytecode, but isn't itself part of the release.

OPy / OVM Metrics

Generated on Thu Mar 18 16:08:14 PDT 2021