I am trying out Manjaro Arm on my Raspberry Pi 3, but surprisingly find only Guile as the only viable Scheme interpreter/REPL.

I have tried the following:

Racket, and Mit-Scheme not found by pacman in the repositories.

Chicken Scheme seems to install, but will only run as the Chicken compiler, the csi REPL is MIA.

Chibi Scheme seems to compile and install (and MAKE test runs fine) but then crashes looking for a support file.

Chez-Scheme is X86 centric, and no arm fork has been created yet. Historically older versions also ran on Sun SPARC. I did not try to compile or install it.

I would prefer a scheme REPL that is supported by Geiser, running within Emacs.

  • Guile meets your requirements and you’ve eliminated the others. It seems like you’ve answered your question but you want to hear something different. It looks like to get a different answer you would need to change your requirements such as a different distribution.
    – T. M.
    Mar 4, 2019 at 6:33

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A year later, and with a new install of Manjaro on a RPi4 (aarch64) I now have managed to install and get the following working:

Racket will compile from source. I had to use the "unix source" only, since "unix source + built packages" still crashed at the attempt at compiling. Compiling the full racket (including DrRacket) source took a few hours on the pi.

Chicken CSI is in the repositories under chicken-csi. A soft link in /usr/local/bin with the name csi fixes geiser's search for csi.

Exporting LD_LIBRARY_PATH as an env variable with the location of the chibi-scheme library ( /usr/local/lib/ by default ) makes chibi-scheme fully functional. Chibi-scheme compiled easily on the Rpi4.

Gambit Scheme seems to be in the repositories, although I have not played with it much.

Of course Guile 2.2 is in the repositories and works fine.


I did get ChezScheme 9.5.3 up on Raspian on a RPi3 using the formula in:


This is a 32 bit implementation, so you need to run in 32 bit mode or at least with 32-bit libraries installed.

I did need to edit c/config.h to set the search path for the "scheme.boot" file:

#define DEFAULT_HEAP_PATH "/usr/lib/csv9.5/arm32le"

You may like to look at Gambit Scheme. It relies only upon the presence of C/C++ compiler, so should compile on the Pi without too much trouble.

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