[ANNOUNCE] GHC 8.0.1 is available!

Ben Gamari ben at well-typed.com
Sat May 21 15:18:35 UTC 2016

            The Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 8.0.1

The GHC developers are very pleased to announce the release of the first
new super-major version of our Haskell compiler in six years, GHC 8.0.1.

This release features dozens of exciting developments including,

 * A more refined interface for implicit call-stacks, allowing libraries to
   provide more helpful runtime error messages to users

 * The introduction of the DuplicateRecordFields language extension, allowing
   multiple record types to declare fields of the same name

 * Significant improvements in error message readability and content, including
   facilities for libraries to provide custom error messages, more aggressive
   warnings for fragile rewrite rules, and more helpful errors for missing

 * A rewritten and substantially more thorough pattern match checker, providing
   more precise exhaustiveness checking in GADT pattern matches

 * More reliable debugging information including experimental backtrace support,
   allowing better integration with traditional debugging tools

 * Support for desugaring do-notation to use Applicative combinators, allowing
   the intuitive do notation to be used in settings which previously required
   the direct use of Applicative combinators

 * The introduction of Strict and StrictData language extensions, allowing
   modules to be compiled with strict-by-default evaluation of bindings

 * Great improvements in portability, including more reliable linking on
   Windows, a new PPC64 code generator, support for the AIX operating system,
   unregisterised m68k support, and significant stabilization on ARM targets

 * A greatly improved user's guide, with beautiful and modern PDF and HTML

 * Introduction of type application syntax, reducing the need for proxies

 * More complete support for pattern synonyms, including record pattern synonyms
   and the ability to export patterns "bundled" with a type, as you would a data

 * Support for injective type families and recursive superclass relationships

 * An improved generics representation leveraging GHC's support for type-level

 * The TypeInType extension, which unifies types and kinds, allowing GHC to
   reason about kind equality and enabling promotion of more constructs to the
   type level

 * ...and more!

A more thorough list of the changes included in this release can be found in the
release notes,


As always, we have collected various points of interest for users of previous
GHC releases on the GHC 8.0 migration page,


Please let us know if you encounter anything missing or unclear on this page.

This release is the culmination of nearly eighteen months of effort by over one
hundred contributors. We'd like to thank everyone who has contributed code, bug
reports, and feedback over the past year. It's only because of their efforts
that GHC continues to evolve.

How to get it

Both the source tarball and binary distributions for a wide variety of platforms
are available at,



Haskell is a standardized lazy functional programming language.

The Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) is a state-of-the-art programming suite for
Haskell. Included is an optimising compiler generating efficient code for a
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Supported Platforms

The list of platforms we support, and the people responsible for them, can be
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Ports to other platforms are possible with varying degrees of difficulty. The
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