GraalVM as a Platform

This page targets developers who would like to extend it by implementing their own language or tool.

GraalVM is an open ecosystem and we invite third party systems to participate via connecting their own programming languages, tools, or platforms. For that purpose we have developed Truffle, a languages and tools development framework.

Implement your own language

The Truffle framework allows you to run programming languages efficiently on GraalVM. It simplifies language implementation by automatically deriving high-performance code from interpreters. Find details about the approach in this research paper.

Implementing your own language using GraalVM will not only give you high performance. More importantly, it allows your language to connect with the rich tooling provided by the GraalVM ecosystem.

To get started please see our Language Implementation section.

Implement your own tool

GraalVM provides a framework for creating language-agnostic tools like debuggers, profilers, or other instrumentations. In general, GraalVM provides a standardized way to express and run program code enabling cross-language research and the development of tools that are developed once and then can be applied to any language.

To get started please see our Instrument Implementation section.