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         comp.lang.forth Frequently Asked Questions, part 4 of 6
           Forth Systems: Commercial, Shareware, and Freeware

                     Stephen J. Bevan, 19 Sept 1992
                     Doug Philips, 7 Nov 1993
                     Bradford J. Rodriguez, 7 Feb 1996
                     John D. Verne, 1 Mar 1996

  This compilation is Copyright 1996 by John D. Verne.  All Rights Reserved.
  The serious legal stuff is in section [24], paragraphs 4 & 5.

  [This FAQ is adopted in its entirety from the "implementations" FAQ
  by Stephen J. Bevan, last updated September 1995.  Thanks Stephen!  -bjr]

Table of Contents:
  [0] Recent Changes
  [1] Forth for the 8051/8031
  [2] Forth for a PC
  [3] 32-bit protected-mode PC Forth
  [4] Forth for Windows (3.1x/NT/95/98/CE)
  [5] Forth for OS/2
  [6] Forth for the 68HC11/68HC16
  [7] Forth written in C
  [8] Forth for UNIX (various flavours)
  [9] Forth for a Sun
 [10] Forth for a Macintosh
 [11] Forth for an Amiga
 [12] Forth for an Atari ST
 [13] Forth for a Transputer
 [14] Forth for a Tandy TRS-80
 [15] Forth for the Apple II
 [16] Forth for the 68000
 [17] Forth for (miscellaneous) DSP chips
 [18] Forth for VMS
 [19] Forth for playing with Music
 [20] Forth for the ARM
 [21] Miscellaneous Forth
 [22] Forth that isn't necessarily Forth
 [23] Contributors and Acknowledgments
 [24] Notes, Miscellanea, Caveats, and Addenda

  Search for [#] to get to section number '#' quickly.  Please note that
  each section is in "digest" form so cooperating NEWS/MAIL readers can
  step through them easily.


Subject: [0] Recent Changes

  97-08-15 jdv Added PilotForth, 4tH URL, PIC4th listing
  97-10-15 jdv Added Common Forth listing
  97-12-02 jdv Attempted to bring the FAQ into alignment with RFC1153
  98-03-02 jdv Corrected DSP, 68x FORTH, Inc. info
  98-04-07 jdv Added listing for jeForth, Misty Beach Forth
  98-04-10 jdv Added D. Elvey's TCOM/21xx DSP listing
  98-04-20 jdv Corrected Win32For version and URL, updated DSP eforth
  98-04-23 jdv Update FORTH Inc. SwiftX info, cePocketForth?
  98-06-02 jdv Updated PFE info, added pForth listing
  98-08-12 jdv Updates to FORTH, Inc., MPE, jForth is now freeware
  98-08-12 jdv Updated (some) changed URLs
  98-08-13 jdv Added TDS to the Misc/Hitachi list.
  98-08-19 jdv Added listings for chipFORTH from COMSOL
  98-08-24 jdv Added entry for Quartus beta
  98-09-12 jdv Fixed A. Houghton email, typos, Quartus listing
  98-10-07 jdv Added refs to Hartforth, ChForth, 8051-forth, byteforth


Subject: [1] Forth for the 8051/8031

  8051-ANS-Forth v1.01, by F.C. Cornelis and W. Ouwerkerk is a 16-bit
  ANSI standard implementation for the MCS51 line of processors.
  Currently available for 80C32, 80C320, 80C520, 80C552, 80C535 and
  runs also on Intel's new line of 87C251 processors.  Turnkey programs
  are free of royalties and can be located in RAM After relocating it
  may be burnt in the 8 kByte free gap in EPROM next to the Forth system.
  Features include LOCALS, assembler, many libraries and a printed
  English-language manual.  Version 1.11 will be released in November

  AM Research offer amrFORTH; a cross-development system for the 8051,
  80C16x and 68HC11 that features a kernel of less than 700 bytes.
  16-bit DOS or 32-bit Windows 95/98/NT development systems are avail-
  able.  A shareware version of amr8051 Forth is available for download.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Computer Solutions (COMSOL) produce and sell chipFORTH for many chip
  families, including the 8031, 83C552, 8051, 80186 and 80196.  Features
  and development procedures depend on the chip supported, but chipFORTH
  provides a target compiler and assembler, debugging tools and code to
  communicate with the host.  The FORTH nucleus is a 16-bit signed integer
  implementation with FORTH-83 extensions.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  SwiftX from FORTH, Inc. is an interactive cross-development tool for
  embedded systems.  A Windows-based system that features a multitasking
  kernel, debugging tools, dis/assembler and source libraries.
  Supported chips include the 8051, 68332, 68HC11/12 and UT69R000.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Laboratory Microsystems, Inc. (LMI) offer the LMI FORTH metacompiler that
  cross-compiles to many chip families, including the 8051/31.  Compiles
  to ROMable code, or a turnkey disk application.  Produces headerless words
  for compact code.  There is no license fee or royalties for compiled
  applications.  [JDV:950919]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~lmi/catalog/catalog4.htm#1>

  Mikrap and Forth-Systeme sell SwissForth and act as agents for LMI.

  MicroProcessor Engineering, Ltd. (MPE) offer their Forth5 Cross Compiler
  for the 8031 which contains expanded ROM/RAM and single chip targets.
  Variants for the 8055x also available.

  Offete Enterprises 8051 eForth, C. H. Ting.  A small ROM based Forth
  system, with source code in MASM, for $25.

  William H. Payne, the author of "Embedded Controller Forth for the 8051
  Family", has made all the code for the system described in his book
  available.  It is also available with purchase of the book from FIG.

  eForth51 may be downloaded free of charge from the RealTime Control
  and Forth Board (RCFB).  Designed to be very portable.  [JDV:960920]

  51forth is a subroutine-threaded Forth by Scott Gehmlich.  [APH:950807]

  CamelForth/51 by Brad Rodriguez is an ANSI Standard Forth that is free for
  non-commercial work (negotiate with the author if you want to use it in
  a commercial product).  This is a beta-test version.  [SJB:950721]


Subject: [2] Forth for a PC

  CHForth is a 16-bit ANSI standard implementation for the Intel 80x86
  and above processors under DOS.  CHForth runs in real (16-bit 8086
  mode en uses multiple segments.  By using more segments much larger
  programs can be written than under F83.  CHForth makes it easy to
  generate turnkey programs (with or without headers).  Royalty free.
  Features online help, command-line editor, LOCALs, interrupt support
  and many libraries.

  polyFORTH from FORTH, Inc. is a fully integrated, interactive
  programming environment designed for real-time applications on 32-bit
  DOS-based PCs.  Includes an assembler, editor, programming aids and
  utilities.  polyFORTH hosts a cross-development system for single-
  chip microcontrollers [see: 1].
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Harvard Softworks HS/FORTH makes full use of extended memory, and comes
  with optimizer, sound, graphics, and 80x87 libraries.  Has an odd, but
  efficient, use of memory and dictionary structure.  [JDV:950919]

  MicroMotion: MasterFORTH. [see: 15]

  Miller Microcomputer Services (MMS) offer MMSFORTH V2.5 for systems with
  and without DOS.

  LMI offer UR/FORTH, in 16- and 32-bit implementations.  They provide
  libraries for telecommunications, 80x87 support, custom characters,
  target compiler, and more.  Based on the Forth-83 standard.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~lmi/catalog/catalog1/htm#1>

  MP7: TURBO-Forth.  Four versions optimized for specific CPU's.  Also:
  FASTGRAF; an I/O and graphics package for TURBO-Forth.  [JDV:960216]

  AstroForth, I. R. Agumirsian.  An 83-Standard Russian Forth with windows,
  assembler, and a screen editor.  This is a demonstration system only.

  eForth is a very portable, ANS-aligned, public-domain Forth that comes
  with all sources and only 29 words in assembler.

  Golden Porcupine Forth, v92.5 by Alexandr Larionov.  Distributed as
  FREEWARE, with Russian docs, for non-commercial work.  Includes various
  useful libraries for graphics, sound &etc.  Follows the Forth-83
  Standard.  Phone: 7 095 288-2660.  [VPF:93]

  Pygmy Forth v1.5 is a small, 16-bit DOS Forth written by Frank Sergeant
  that is modeled after Chuck Moore's cmFORTH for NOVIX.  It is shareware
  but there is no charge for registration.  If you DO choose to register,
  there is a Bonus Disk with goodies for ~$20.  Complete with documented
  source code, editor, multitasker, I/O, assembler and metacompiler.  Can
  be embedded in a C wrapper to access C library routines.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~pygmy>

  MVP-FORTH, a Forth-79 from Mountain View Press Inc. (MVP), is freely
  available for different platforms.  MVP also offer other commercial
  Forth systems, information, and books.

  TCOM v2.5 by Tom Zimmer is a 16-bit cross/metacompiler for DOS.
    <>  [SJB:950720]

  F-PC v3.6 is a 16-bit Forth that is based on the Forth-83 Standard, but
  includes numerous extensions.  Very complete implementation, with lots
  of examples, and a huge library of code for graphics, I/O, math, &etc.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~fwarren/fpc.html>  [SJB:950722]

  hForth v0.9.c by Wonyong Koh is an ANS-Forth inspired by eForth.  This
  free beta release is ANS-compliant, and all commented MASM source code
  is included.  There are three hForth models to choose from: A standard
  EXE (for segmented memory machines), RAM (for any other RAM-only
  system), and ROM (for small embedded systems).  Designed to be easily
  ported to any CPU (a Z-80 version is also available).  [SJB:950720]

  wpforth v1.0 by Albert Chan is a prototype of a typographical programming
  system built around WordPerfect v5.x and Pygmy Forth v1.4.  [SJB:950722]

  ZENForth v1.18a by Martin Tracy is a ROMable small-model ANS-Forth.  The
  beta version is bundled with J. Woehr's book, "Forth: The New Model".

  4tH v3.2e is a fast, portable and stable compiler that is very easy to
  embed into C applications.  It is ANS-Forth and 79-Standard compatible,
  and includes such constructs as assertions, exception handling, and
  decompilers.  Generates portable bytecode.  Confirmed ports to DOS,
  Windows, Linux, BSD-UNIX, DPX/2, DPX/20, RS/6000, and Coherent, with
  others in the works.  Comes with lots of documentation and sample
  applications.  4tH was discussed in Forth Dimensions (Sep/Oct 1996).
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  The following are available in any SIMTEL mirror site: Native code Forth compiler: COM, EXE, SYS, TSR, ROM
    bbl_[ab].zip: Fast 16/32-bit Forth based on F83 -- needs work MiniForth system v2.5, with A86 [a PD assembler] source Sampler of floating point Forth compiler    Original Fig-86 Forth compiler  [SJB:931030]

  You can also explore:


Subject: [3] 32-bit protected-mode PC Forth

  Bradley Forthware sells Forthmacs for $250.  Price includes source and DOS

  polyFORTH from FORTH, Inc. [see: 2]

  HS/FORTH, by Harvard Softworks, provides access to a full, flat 4Gb of
  memory.  [JVN:93]

  for DOS (with the GO32 extender), WinNT, or Linux.  iForth is optimized
  for speed. It is subroutine-threaded, and uses a combination of macro
  expansion, special-casing, and peephole optimizing.  iForth also contains
  many words to interface to the PC hardware; either directly under MS-DOS,
  or through libraries in the Linux iServer.  A very large number of
  Examples are available, including: graphics, floating-point utilities,
  language compilers and interpreters, code to work with .WAV files, and
  routines to access Novell Net hardware.  Comes with a 220 page manual and
  an online help facility (ASCII or HTML).  iForth costs Dfl 200 (US$130),
  but a free copy is available for those planning to use it for projects in
  any way beneficial to the Forth community at large, or those using the
  MMURTL OS.  [JDV:960911]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  LMI sell a 32-bit protected-mode UR/FORTH based on the 'Phar Lap' DOS
  extender. [see: 2]

  MPE ProForth for DOS, v2.2 is a powerful, comprehensive Forth system
  for 386+ DOS PCs.  Uses a royalty-free DOS extender to provide a full
  32-bit Forth running in protected mode.  Features full DOS file and
  shell support, VGA/EGA graphics, direct screen writes, support for
  IEEE floating-point math, a macro assembler and a Forth decompiler.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Offete Enterprises has a protected-mode 32-bit eForth that comes with
  source code and a public-domain DOS extender.

  bigFORTH by Bernd Paysan. [see: 12]

  Common Forth v1.668 is an experimental 32-bit Forth system that features
  floating point support, C interface, disassembler/assembler, graphics
  support and a meta-compiler.  Full source code included.  
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~lukelee>

  eForth is available as a 32-bit port by Andy Valencia.

  FORTH32 is a flat 32-bit subroutine-threaded Forth for DOS-DPMI. [see: 5]

  MB&WW Forth386 V1.0 is a Forth interpreter conforming to the ANSI draft
  standard X3.215, for 80386+ processors running MS-DOS V3.3 or later.  The
  dictionary is kept separate from the compiled code, allowing a header-
  less copy of the interpreter to be saved as a new executable file.
  Utility definitions are provided which take advantage of this to produce
  compact and secure applications.  Supports file-oriented or block I/O.
  String handling has been made an integral part of the design.

  FROTH is a free 32-bit Forth system, with source, available at

  Gforth v0.1b works under DOS (with the GO32 DOS extender).  [see: 7]

  OOF is an object-oriented 32-bit Forth System written by Zsoter Andras.
  It does not use a threaded paradigm, and generates native machine code.
  Although many ANS Forth programs will run on OOF, it is not fully ANS
  Forth compliant.  All source is under the GNU General Public License.
    <>  [SJB:940722]

  Ale Forth by Johns Lutz Sammer.  Implements ANS Basis 17 wordset along
  with lots of extensions.  Supports subroutine threading, native code
  generation and inline words.  [SJB:940722]


Subject: [4] Forth for Windows (3.1x/NT/95/98/CE)

  Bradley Forthware Forthmacs is available for Windows 3.1 and costs $250.
  It includes an EMACS editor and comes complete with source.

  iForth for Windows NT 4.0/Linux comes with a C-server that handles all I/O
  and other operating system-specific tasks.  This version supports pipes,
  dynamic linking, Tcl/Tk, X-windows, SVGA graphics, Voxware, MIDI, and
  control of virtual console screens.  [see: 3]

  LMI WinForth v1.01 is a 16-bit Forth for Windows 3.1/NT 3.1 available
  from their BBS, or via ftp, for a US$100 registration fee.  Comes with a
  native-code compiler and de{*filter*}.  Supports 80x87 floating-point, SDK
  Help and overlays.  The kernel can be re-compiled.  Based on the Forth-
  83 standard.  A 32-bit version is under development.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~lmi/catalog/catalog0.htm#1>

  MPE ProForth for Windows v2.1 is a 32-Forth environment designed to
  run under Windows 3.11/95/98/NT.  Features include simple access to the
  32-bit Windows API and DLLs, de{*filter*}, dis/assembler, fast compilation,
  on-line help and interfaces for file system support, floating-point
  and serial communications.  Supports the ANS Forth standard.  Windows
  3.11 requires WIN32s (supplied).
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  SwiftForth from FORTH, Inc. is an extremely fast Forth system fully
  integrated with Windows 95/98/NT.  It is capable of as much real-time
  performance as these environments can support.  Fully compliant with
  the ANS Forth standard.  32-bit subroutine threaded implementation.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Aztec Forth is a minimum system for IBM compatible computers under Win95.
  Aztec Forth generates native intel code, with inlining available to
  modify the amount of subroutines based on the size of the current word.
  Windows API calls are normal Forth words and DLLs are wordlists, although
  WORDS will not list the contents of a DLL.  All addresses are treated the
  same so there is no need to translate from "Forth" to "Windows" addresses.
  A Windows block editor with cut & paste and shadow block support is
  included.  [JDV:970724]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~n6388131/AZINTRO.HTM>
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~n6388131/aztec.exe>

  Gforth is available as a DOS/GO32 or native Win32 application.  No
  Windows programming support yet.  [see: 7]

  Jax4th; a freeware 32-bit Forth for Windows NT complete with source code.
  The current version features complete access to NT DLL's, and a BLOCK
  loading facility.  Written in MASM by Jack Woehr.  [JJW:931021]

  LMI WinForth.  An "explorer" version is available. [see above]

  Pocket Forth v0.1 for Windows CE is a work in progress.  There are MIPS
  and SH3 binaries available.  [Address no longer valid; any ideas? -jdv]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Win32forth v3.5 by Tom Zimmer and Andrew McKewan is a relatively
  complete implementation of a Forth IDE for 32-bit Windows.  It comes
  with some online documentation and examples, but is meant for those
  who are already familiar with Windows programming.  The kernel can be
  recompiled from the C++ source.  [JDV:980420]

  4tH v3.2e has been ported successfully to Windows.  [see: 2]


Subject: [5] Forth for OS/2

  Forth/2 by Michael A. Warot and Brian Mathewson can be licensed for
  commercial work.  Talk to Brian if you have something to add or you have
  any suggestions regarding Forth/2.  Contact Michael if you want to obtain
  a commercial license and/or source code.  Free for non-commercial work.

  Forth/2 by Michael A. Warot and Brian Mathewson is available by ftp for
  non-commercial work.  [see above]

  FORTH32 is a flat 32-bit subroutine-threaded Forth for DOS-DPMI, and
  text-mode OS/2.  It is ANS-Compliant and contains the full ANS wordset
  implementation, including all the extension wordsets except LOCALS.  The
  DOS version has a built-in editor for code VIEWing, and the OS/2 version
  has hooks precompiled in it to link to GNU EMACS for VIEWing.  The OS/2
  version is also fully multithreaded and supports all the DOS, VIO, and
  MOUSE system calls from high-level code.  [JDV:970708]

  Gforth works under OS/2 (with EMX).  No OS/2-specific programming support.
  [see: 7]

  PFE will run on most PC's under OS/2.  [see: 7]

  There are two implementations of unknown pedigree at:


Subject: [6] Forth for the 68HC11/68HC16

  AM Research offer a version of amrForth for the 68HC11. [see: 1]

  COMSOL offers chipFORTH for the 68HC11/16. [see: 1]

  SwiftX from FORTH, Inc. [see: 1]

  MPE has a version of their Forth5 Cross Compiler for the PC, which
  includes a resident Forth for the 68HC16.  This is a 16-bit Harvard
  model (64K code & 64K data).  The MPE Forth includes "long address"
  fetch and store operators for the full megabyte of 68HC16 memory.
  Multiple data pages are also supported if your hardware will do it.

  LMI offer an 83-Standard metacompiler for the 68HC11. [see: 1]

  New Micros, Inc., has Max-FORTH which is burned into the ROMs of their
  OEM 68HCxx development boards.  Max-FORTH uses a serial port to talk to
  the outside world, and can be compiled to off-chip ram.  [BL:931117]

  tiny4th by Karl Lunt is free for all non-commercial use.  [JDV:960918]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~karllunt/tiny4th>

  eForth is a highly portable, ANS-aligned Forth with source.

  Various implementations and code can be found at:


Subject: [7] Forth written in C

  Bradley Forthware C-Forth costs US$100.

  ThisForth v1.0.0.d, by Will Baden, is a reluctantly ANS-compliant C-Forth
  that originated on a Sun Workstation before the ANS-Forth standard.  It
  is intended as an embedded command line interpreter and scripting tool for
  Unix applications.  You will need m4 and an ANSI-C compiler to compile it.
  Two major design objectives were portability and ease of extending.  The
  first goal was achieved by sticking to Standard C, and the Standard C
  Library; the second by the m4 macro processor to define primitives in
  "low-level Forth".  Binaries are available for a number of architectures
  (Macintosh, CRAY, MIPS, SUN, SGI, Intel).  [JDV:970407]

  PFE (Portable Forth Environment) v0.9.14 is an ANS-compatible Forth
  implementation written in ANSI-C.  All the code is under the GNU
  Library General Public Licence.  Binaries for various architectures
  available.  The interpreter has many bash-like features, like input
  completion.  A more powerful version with dynamic module loading is in
  final testing.  [JDV:98JUNE02]

  pForth v19 is a public domain, portable ANS Forth based on a kernel
  written in ANSI C.  designed to be easily portable to any platform,
  pForth has been successfully ported to Macs, PCs, Suns, Amigas, SGI
  Indys, 3DO ARM/PowerPCs and others.  Features ANS standard support for
  most word sets, de{*filter*}, DEFER and smart conditionals.  Can be
  compiled without any stdlib calls or special pre-processing.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Gforth is a fast and portable implementation of the ANS Forth language.
  It works nicely with the EMACS editor, offers some nice features such as
  input completion and history and a powerful locals facility, and it even
  has (the beginnings of) a manual.  Distributed under the GNU General
  Public License.  Gforth runs under Unix (various flavours), DOS/Win
  (with GO32), OS/2 (with EMX) and Win95/WNT, and should not be hard to
  port to other systems supported by GCC.  Gforth-0.1beta has been tested
  successfully on Linux (Intel), SunOS (SPARC) and Ultrix (MIPS).
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;
  The source distribution is also available from any mirror of
  Linux binary distributions (including source) available from any mirror of

  HENCE4TH v1.2 - A FIGforth written in C that currently runs under V7 Unix,
  Personal C Compiler, and Mix Power C.  Porting to other platforms should
  be trivial, considering how vastly different these three are!  [KH:93]

  C-Forth available from comp.sources.unix, or via ftp at:

  TILEforth by Mikael Patel is a 32-bit Forth-83.  Can be built on most
  68000 machines (Amiga, Atari ST, &etc).  [JDV:960920]

  Until v2.5.2 is (almost) Forth-83 written in C.  Its internals are
  described in the book "Write Your Own Programming Language Using C++"

  implementation was designed to call, and be called, by other C
  functions.  It is ideal as a 'macro' language embedded in C/C++
  applications.  Comes with 175 pp. of documentation.  [SJB:950720]


Subject: [8] Forth for UNIX (various flavours)

  Bradley Forthware's Forthmacs.

  iForth v1.07 is an ANS-Forth for Linux/DOS/Windows NT.  May be available
  free, with some restrictions.  [see: 3]

  68K: An indirect-threaded 32-bit Forth based on the 83 standard.  Written

    <>  [SJB:94]

  A UN*X port of Forth-83 is available.

  A version of figForth in PDP-11 assembler is available.  [SJB:950718]

  An eForth v1.0 port (by Francois-Rene Rideau) to Linux on an i386
  architecture is based on the DJGPP/GO32 version by Andy Valencia.

  eForth has been also ported to Linux by Marcel Hendrix.  [JDV:970412]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Gforth [see: 7] has been tested successfully on Linux.

  4tH v3.2e [see: 1] has been ported successfully to RS/6000, Linux, BSD,
  and others.

  See also: [7]


Subject: [9] Forth for a Sun

  Bradley Forthware Forthmacs costs $200.  It comes with source code, an
  assembly de{*filter*}, and floating point routines.

  Firmworks Open Boot: built-in to the SPARCstation PROMs. Inaccessible
  from the UNIX environment; you have to interrupt the boot process and
  then type 'n' to get to Forth.  [SJB:950720]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ >

  See also: [7] & [8]


Subject: [10] Forth for a Macintosh

  Bradley Forthware Forthmacs is available for US$50.

  Power MacForth from FORTH, Inc. (based on MacForth originally
  developed by Creative Solutions, Inc.) is a highly optimized native
  Power Mac system that features high-speed execution, internal multi-
  tasking and a RISC assembler providing direct access to the native CPU
  architecture.  Features include complete Power Mac Toolbox support,
  multitasking support, integrated editor, Quickdraw graphics libraries
  and extensive documentation.  Fully ANS Forth compatible.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Micromotion offer a version of their MasterForth for the Mac.

  Yerk is an object-oriented language based on Forth for the Macintosh and
  was originally a product marketed as Neon (reviewed in Dr. Dobb's, #108,
  1985).  Yerk runs on all Macs with at least System 6.0 but requires
  System 7.0 (or greater) for full compatibility.

  Mops v2.7, by Michael Hore, is an object oriented Forth also derived
  from Neon.  There is a PPC native version in the works.  [info? -jdv]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~jayfar/mops.html>

  Pocket Forth v6.5, by Chris Heilman.  Subroutine threaded with 16-bit
  words.  Supports 16-bit relative, 32-bit absolute addressing.  Allows
  "inline" definitions, but doesn't have an in-line assembler.  Minimal
  Toolbox support; but it does supports Apple Events.  Comes as a 17K
  application, and a desk accessory.  Distribution comes with complete
  Source; the kernel is in assembly.  There is a MPW version available.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  MacQForth is an adaptation of (Apple II) QForth to the Macintosh.
  Created with Mops [see above] and accompanied by the Mops sources.  An
  attractive introductory package, including some witty and instructive
  material proselytizing on behalf of Forth.  [BB:950807]

  ThisForth v1.0.0.d is an ANS-compliant C-Forth written by Will Baden,
  originally for the Sun, now maintained on a Macintosh.  Designed with
  portability and ease of extension in mind.  The Mac incarnation has few
  Mac features; it does have drag & drop, and double-clicking on a source
  file will load and execute it.  [see: 7]


Subject: [11] Forth for an Amiga

  Delta Research JForth Professional 3.x comes with a tutorial,
  libraries, and examples.  The environment includes an editor with
  ARexx, and a standard block editor.  Although it behaves as an
  interpreter, JForth is a true compiler.  It can handle pre-compiled
  modules and includes, and comes with a utility to translate includes
  from C to Forth.  JForth provides words for handling C-style data
  structures, easy graphics and menus, IFF, and ARexx.  It also has an
  object-oriented programming system suitable for building data types for
  large projects.  [MH:93]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  A4th by Appleman is a 32-bit port of L&P F83 complete with metacompiler
  written for the A1000.  [JJW:931021]

  F68K & F68KANS by Joerg Plewe should work if you can implement a loader.
  [see: 12]

  Jax4th is a dp-ANS2 implementation by Jack J. Woehr.  It is available on
  the RCFB.  [JJW:931021]

  MVP-FORTH by MVP is available for the Amiga at various sites.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  TILEforth will run on most 68000 machines.  [see: 7]


Subject: [12] Forth for an Atari ST

  Bradley Forthware Forthmacs is available for $50 w/ optional GEM support,
  source code, floating point, aplications {*filter*} and spreadsheet.

  bigFORTH, by Bernd Paysan, is available for 200 DM.  Extras: Source code,
  floating point, GEM interface, object-oriented extensions, native code

  F68KANS, Joerg Plewe.  As per the free version, but you can use it
  commercially.  Contact Joerg for licensing details.

  HiSoft FORTH is a 32-bit Forth for the Atari ST, with full support for
  GEM.  It is subroutine threaded, and a Motorola 68000 assembler is
  also included. [HM:93]

  F68K & F68KANS, Joerg Plewe.  F68KANS is ANS-aligned.

  There are plenty of implementations, docs and code of unknown pedigree
  available for your perusal here:  [anyone care to comment? -jdv]


Subject: [13] Forth for a Transputer

  MPE Forth5 Cross Compiler for the T-212, T-414 and T-800.  The package
  consists of a PC-hosted (Unix if required) cross compiler and target code.
  All source code is included.

  Offete: eForth has been ported to the Transputer by Bob Barr.

  tForth is a parallel, 32-bit ANS-Forth for the INMOS range of Transputers.
  Supports all of the Transputer hardware: task-switching, floating-point,
  the on-chip timer, and the links.  tForth is optimized for speed, with an
  integrated optimizer, and OCCAM-like constructs.  Dynamic memory and
  recursion is supported, as are semaphores and queues, to enable multi-
  process I/O.  A full ASSEMBLER vocabulary is included, with cross-
  assembly to other models available.  Extras include: symbolic dis-
  assembler, de{*filter*} & profiler, buffered I/O, SVGA drivers (DOS), C
  server, double and single precision floating point math.  tForth
  (binaries for T4 and T8 models, a DOS/UNIX server, and a 400+ page
  manual) sells for $400.  Access to source code for the server must be
  negotiated with the author.  Contact Willem Ouwerkerk at DFW.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  F-TP v1.00 is a free Forth-83 for the T-80x INMOS transputer family,
  designed to replace the OCCAM development kit.  Most of the ANS core
  wordset is implemented.  Some highlights include: trig functions,
  metacompiler, de{*filter*}, disassembler, Forth decompiler, assembler,
  integrated DOS calls, parallel processing, online help for all
  vocabularies and plenty of documentation.  [JDV:970705]

  pd-forth is a freeware implementation of Forth for 16 & 32-bit
  transputers, with source by Laurie Pegrum.  Requires the D705 OCCAM
  development system, and a 32-bit Transputer board with 1Mb of memory
  to recompile or run.  Uses iserver interface to host.


Subject: [14] Forth for a Tandy TRS-80

  MMS have a nonDOS version of their MMSFORTH for the Model I/III/4.

  MVP-FORTH for the Model 4, by Art Wetmore.  The basic MVP-FORTH system is
  released into the public domain.  Contact MVP for details.

  There's an implementation of Forth for the Model 100 available as

  HartForth by A. M. Graham is a Forth '79 implementation for
  the Tandy TRS-80 Model I/III/4.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;
  The documentation is available in three forms:
  Plain ASCII Text:
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;
  Word '97:
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;
  and Scripsit:
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;


Subject: [15] Forth for the Apple II

  Apple Forth v1.6, Cap'n Software.  Uses a unique disk format.  [LWV:93]

  6502 Forth v1.2, Programma International.  [LWV:93]

  FORTH II for the II+ or //e by Softape.  [LWV:93]

  Raven Forth (+) by  C. K. Haun, runs on IIgs.  Available on GEnie Library
  19 as file 903.  [LWV:950919]

  MicroMotion: MasterFORTH for II's.  Features: graphics, de{*filter*}, file
  handling, software floating point.  Follows the 79-Standard.

  MVP offer MVP-FORTH; a 79-standard for II's.

  GraFORTH(+) for DOS 3.3, by Paul Lutus.  Available on GEnie Library 8,
  file 3299.  [LWV:950919]

  Mad Apple Forth(+) <>

  Purple Forth(+)

  QForth(+) v2.0, Alpha 1.0, is a small integer Forth written by Toshiyasu

    <>  [LWV:93]

  GS 16 FORTH II, Version II (+) - A 16-bit implementation able to make use
  of the GS Toolbox.  Includes assembler and full screen editor.
  Available on GEnie (Library 18, file 2124/2125) or by ftp.  [LWV:950919]

  Various at


Subject: [16] Forth for the 68000

  Bradley Forthware's ForthMon is available for US$500.

  COMSOL offer chipFORTH for the 68332, 680x0.  [see: 1]

  SwiftX from FORTH, Inc. [see: 1]

  MPE: Forth5 Cross Compiler, a 32-bit cross-development system for the PC.
  A protected-mode version is available.

  LMI offer a 16- or 32-bit 680x0 Forth-83 system. [see: 1]

  There is a version of Laxen and Perry's F83 which will metacompile 68000
  code on a PC that can be burned to ROM, or used with S records any way
  you like.  It is available on GEnie as M16PC.ARC.  [MC:93]

  bot-Forth: The source code is comprised of 3 parts: the metacompiler,
  mini-assembler, and the kernel.  The kernel will metacompile itself.
  The metacompiler was presented at the 1989 Rochester Forth Conference.
    <  ~/botforth.txt>

  F68KANS & F68K, Joerg Plewe.  [see: 12]

  eForth [see] for the VME 68K.  A subroutine threaded implementation of
  ECBE4TH 32-bit eForth, derived from Haskell, is available on GEnie
  as MVME167.ZIP.

  TILEforth, Mikael Patel.  [see: 7, 11]

  Various at <>


Subject: [17] Forth for (miscellaneous) DSP chips

  Computer Solutions (COMSOL) offer a 32-bit FORTH for the T800.  All
  64-bit floating point instruction are supported on the T805.  Features
  include a speedy optimized compiler, generation of ROMable code,
  dis/assembler and de{*filter*}.  Multi-tasking kernel.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  TCOM FORTH Target Compiler by Tom Zimmer and Andrew McKewen has been
  extended for the TMS320.  It also supports 808X, 80196 and SuperZ8
    [is this still accurate information? -jdv]

  FORTH, Inc. offers chipFORTH for the TMS320C31.  chipFORTH is an
  interactive, DOS-based, cross-development environment for embedded
  systems.  Support for Intel, Motorola and Hitachi microcontrollers.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Offete: A port of eFORTH to ADSP2100 is being contemplated.  [info? -jdv]

  Micro-K Systems produce complete AT&T DSP32 boards running Forth.
  Includes the AT&T DSP library.

  MPE Forth5 Cross Compiler, for various TMS320C3x family DSP chips.

  A port of eForth is available for the 56002 DSP.  [JDV:970412]

  Dwight Elvey has made available a cross-compiler for the 21xx family of
  DSP chips that runs under Tom Zimmer's TCOM.  It was originally designed
  for the 2181, but should be easily adapted to other 21xx parts (e.g., the
  2115).  The use of special 218x/7x instructions was avoided.


Subject: [18] Forth for VMS

  There are two files of unknown pedigree at:  [details? -jdv]

  vforth is a 32-bit forth based on the FIG model, but it deviates where
  necessity or religion demanded.  It will run on a VAX running 4.2, and
  tends to use the UNIX system calls in only the most generic of ways
  (i.e.: it should move to 4.1 without problems).  vforth uses subroutine
  threading and in-line code generation to increase performance.

  versions 1 & 2 of FIG-Forth for the VAX/VMS available.  [JDV:970510]

  Klaus Flesch wrote a VAX VMS Forth some years ago.  It is believed to be
  derived from FIG-Forth.  Availability is uncertain, try contacting the
  author, c/o Forth-Systeme.

  See also: [7] & [8] as some C and UNIX based systems (may) port without
  (too) much effort.


Subject: [19] Forth for playing with Music

  HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language); Frog Peak Music.

  for Contemporary Music at Mills College.

  MANX 1.0 is an extension of the regular Forth environment, enhanced with
  a number of special purpose music language words.  The program is able
  to read and write standard MIDI files, with special instrument drivers
  taking care of I/O details.  At this moment MANX has drivers for
  metallophones, the PC speaker, and GM (General MIDI) synthesizers or
  soundcards that support MIDI.  This music language aims to be complete in
  the sense that a user should be able to translate anything written down
  in conventional scores to MANX commands.  32-bit ANS-Forth, with many
  extensions.  Free with iForth [see: 3].  [JDV:970315]


Subject: [20] Forth for the ARM

  RiscForth by Bill Larkin, available from Silicon Vision.  A subroutine-
  threaded Forth-83 implementation with with the nose of the stack in a
  register and nice, tight coupling to the underlying OS.  A mean and fast
  commercial product.  [JDV:960911]

  Forthmacs v3.1 is Hanno Schwalm's port of Mitch Bradley's Forthmacs for
  RISC/OS (Acorn) computers using the ARM2, ARM3, ARM6, ARM7, or StrongARM
  CPUs.  Complete with de{*filter*}, assembler, decompiler/disassembler, and
  floating-point math.  Follows the 83-Standard, and was written with
  portability to other platforms and former versions in mind.  It runs almost
  any software that has been written for Forthmacs.  Free for evaluation, or
  100 d-marks (US$70) for the fully supported version.

  of Hull (United Kingdom).  Released into the public domain.  [JDV:960911]

  wimpForth for the StrongARM under RISC/OS 3.7 is available from the


Subject: [21] Miscellaneous Forth

Java Forth
  jeForth is a Java applet based on eForth that is free for non commercial
  use.  It has been designed to be compatible with the description of
  Forth in Brodies "Starting Forth".  A commercial version is being planned.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  Misty Beach Forth is an ANS-compliant implementation that runs as an OS
  independent applet.  It is designed to run multi-threaded code at speeds
  comparable to native Forths.  The full package will include an IDE.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

CP/M, Z80
  CamelForth/80 by Brad Rodriguez is an ANSI Standard Forth that is free
  for non-commercial work (please negotiate with the author if you want
  to use it commercially).  [SJB:950721]

  eForth has been ported to the Z-80.

  LMI offer a version of their Forth-83 cross-compiler for the Z80 and
  the HD64180. [see: 1]

  MPE Forth 6 compiler for the H8/300H is a Windows-hosted system
  with a choice of umbilical or standalone targets.  Comes with
  source code.  No runtime royalties.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  chipFORTH from FORTH, Inc is available for the H8.  [see: 17]

  Triangle Digital Services Ltd. (TDS) have two varieties of Forth
  burned into the PROMs of their Hitachi-based microcontroller systems.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

  ByteForth is a near ANSI Forth implementation for the MCS51 line of
  processors.  Currently only the AT89C1051 and AT89C2051 are supported.
  ByteForth is an optimising macro compiler, generating royalty-free
  standalone applications.  The compiler lets the user free to adjust
  the RAM and ROM for optimal use and has a built in Flash programmer.
  The system runs under 8051-ANS-Forth v1.01 [see: 1] an a B+ SBC
  with 80C535.  Features builtin hardware support, decompiler, 8051
  assembler, DOS server, printed (Dutch-lnaguage) manual and two
  AT89C2051-12PC processors and cables Flash programmer.

  CamelForth/09 by Brad Rodriguez.  Consult the author for commercial use.

  F2P v1.0 is a compiler that reads Forth source for the PIC16Cxx family of
  microcontrollers and generates a file ready to be assembled by Microchip's
  MPASM.  You *will* need MPASM or MPLAB to be able to generate executable
  code.  This is freely available from the Microchip web site. [JDV:970815]
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ >  (Free PIC tools)
    <>  (incremental bug fixes)

  There is an implementation for the PIC of unknown pedigree.

USR/3COM Pilot/Palm Pilot/Palm III
  PilotFORTH 0.3.0 is an on-board native ANS FORTH optimizing compiler
  for the USR/3Com Pilot, Palm Pilot and Palm III series of PDAs.  A
  commercial implementation, Quartus 0.4.0B, is currently in beta
  testing.  Standard precompiled (PilRC) resources can be used in your
  Quartus programs and there is built-in compiler awareness of the
  PalmOS systrap calls.  Later releases will support creation of
  .prc applications.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~nbridges>


Subject: [22] Forth that isn't necessarily Forth

  FIFTH by Software Construction Co.  Available for the Amiga, PC.

  Charles Moore's OK for PC's was developed as the OS for Chuck's VLSI
  CAD system.  It is essentially a minimal Graphical User Interface
  (GUI).  Available from Offete Enterprises.  Source for the MuP21 is
  also available.
    < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~jfox/ok101.html>

  Meme(TM) (Multitasking Extensible Messaging Environment) from Immersive
  Systems, Inc. is a Forth interpreter with multitasking and floating-
  point extensions.  The executable has a fast 3D rendering engine and
  a TCP/IP interface that is callable with Forth words.  Each object in
  a Meme virtual world is a dynamically-loadable module.  The executable
  Forth code in the modules is a hybrid of token threading and indirect
  threading that is platform-independent and executes identically on any
  computer running the Meme interpreter.  [JDV:960911]


  (classless) object-oriented language (for the Mac) which has a Forth
  feel to it.  Features multitasking, dynamic memory management, and an
  integrated (Mac Finder-like) iconic programming environment.  Comes with
  source, demo programs, and some documentation.  [AT:931021]

  ANNforth by Bruce J. McDonald.  No documentation, but a header file states
  "ANN simulator with forth interpreter".  Written in C++.  [SJB:931026]

  TIPI v2.0a is a small, structured, extensible programming language for DOS
  computers.  It requires about 100K bytes of RAM to run and is thus well-
  suited for palmtop computers such as the Poquet PC, the HP-95LX or the
  HP100LX.  TIPI incorporates elements from various languages (C, Pascal,
  AWK, BASIC) and owes a tremendous amount to Forth.  While TIPI is not
  Forth, it is definitely Forth-like and Forth-inspired.  A Windows CE
  version may be in the works.  [JDV:970723]


Subject: [23] Contributors and Acknowledgments

  Many thanks, and a box of *magic* cookies, to the following for providing
  the information for this section of the FAQ:


Subject: [24] Notes, Miscellanea, Caveats, and Addenda

1. This is part four of a six-part document covering many aspects of the
   Forth programming language.  All six parts are posted monthly to the
   USENET newsgroups comp.lang.forth, comp.answers, and news.answers.  They
   are updated regularily.  This part is primarily concerned with the Forth
   implementations available for a variety of systems.  That is, it attempts
   to answer the question, "Where can I get Forth for ... ?".  For further
   information on Forth or Forth resources, please consult the other parts
   of this FAQ.  They can be found at:
     < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

2. Some of these Forth systems are listed as being available from particular
   anonymous ftp addresses, or from "good archives".  Please try and use as
   close a site to you as possible.  Most ftp directories have "readme" or
   "00index" files that tell you what's in them.  Read these first.

3. If a listing is short, it is probably because that product is available
   for more than one machine.  If you can't find the Forth system you are
   looking for in this document, please remember that most of the vendors
   mentioned herein can source for a wide variety of platforms.  Company
   addresses and contact information are in part 3 of this document,

4. This part (part 4) is copyrighted, and is *NOT* released into the public
   domain.  To keep it freely accessable to all, I've reserved all rights of
   ownership.  You may quote from this compilation freely on the conditions
   that credit is given to the contributors, and this copyright notice is

       "Copyright 1996 by John D. Verne.  All Rights Reserved"

   The other parts of this FAQ may be copyrighted, as well.  Consult with
   the author(s) of the other parts for more complete copyright information.

5. Some terms mentioned in this document are known to be trademarks or
   service marks.  However, the author(s) have made no attempt to mark
   them as such.  The reader should contact the appropriate companies for
   complete information regarding trademarks and registration.  This
   document is provided For Your Information only.  The author(s) accept no
   responsibility for errors or omissions, or for loss or damages resulting
   from the information contained herein.  'Nuff said.

6. May The Forth Be With You.

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