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Julia language support.

Hello everyone!

I'd like to know whats the plan for Julia support?

I see we have, julia installed at /usr/bin/julia, but it segfaults.

07:36 ~ $ julia
ERROR: fatal error: unexpected error while retrieving exepath
Segmentation fault
07:36 ~ $ julia -v
julia version 0.5.0
07:36 ~ $ which julia
07:36 ~ $

If I download the generic binary and untar it get the same result:

07:42 ~ $ wget
--2017-06-15 07:42:40--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 62945228 (60M) [application/x-tar]
Saving to: julia-0.5.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz.1

100%[======================================================================================================================>] 62,945,228  17.1MB/s   in 4.8s

2017-06-15 07:42:46 (12.5 MB/s) - ‘julia-0.5.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz.1’ saved [62945228/62945228]

07:42 ~ $ tar -xzf julia-0.5.2-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
07:43 ~ $ julia-f4c6c9d4bb/bin/julia
ERROR: fatal error: unexpected error while retrieving exepath
Segmentation fault
07:43 ~ $

A couple of year ago I started a related post when working for MexLavu company:

This time around I tried to build Julia again, but I got out of space quickly with a hacker account.

I'd love to help in any way I can to achieve this feature!


Thanks for the link to the other thread, that was useful -- I would have spent quite a while debugging otherwise:-)

It looks like you need to have Docker-based consoles enabled in order to get Julia working. Shall I switch that on for you? A couple of caveats:

  • Docker consoles slower to load than normal ones (that's why it's not the default).
  • Julia still won't work from scheduled tasks or from web app code.

Thank you very much Giles, Glenn and Harry!

Somehow I messed the answer to the other thread from back then. I would like to try the docker consoles, please.

Can I still revert back? I'd like to try to test using the julia generic bynaries and a schedule job that calls julia, all in a tmux session, to run some julia scripts periodically.


yes you can switch back, but just to re-iterate -- you won't be able to schedule any jobs that use julia, because we don't have docker for scheduled tasks. let me know if you still want to give it a go, for interactive console use only?

Dear Harry,

Yes, please switch me to the docker consoles. I'd love to test them and report any feedback I find.

Thank you very much in advance, cheers!

OK -- that's done! Do let us know how you get on, or if you need us to switch you back.

Thank you very much. Julia does indeed work with the docker consoles!

PythonAnywhere team, I've shared a console with Giles, Glenn and Harry.

I've been able to set up pip schedule tasks that call julia, which will be useful for my usecase:


I want to test having Julia work with schedule on some data this way, and then having Django just load the data and display it, etc.

The idea is that given enough recourses in the PA account, one could run intensive computations with Julia and let Python do the presentation. But I also want to try a Julia web framework called Genie, it had a talk on the recen JuliaCon 2017, and I'm testing deploy options.

Julia has amazing interop with Python!