# “Hello, World!”

So... uh... this is a bit embarrassing. But we don't have a plain "Hello, World!" challenge yet (despite having 35 variants tagged with , and counting). While this is not the most interesting code golf in the common languages, finding the shortest solution in certain esolangs can be a serious challenge. For instance, to my knowledge it is not known whether the shortest possible Brainfuck solution has been found yet.

Furthermore, while all of Wikipedia (the Wikipedia entry has been deleted but there is a copy at archive.org ), esolangs and Rosetta Code have lists of "Hello, World!" programs, none of these are interested in having the shortest for each language (there is also this GitHub repository). If we want to be a significant site in the code golf community, I think we should try and create the ultimate catalogue of shortest "Hello, World!" programs (similar to how our basic quine challenge contains some of the shortest known quines in various languages). So let's do this!

## The Rules

• Each submission must be a full program.
• The program must take no input, and print Hello, World! to STDOUT (this exact byte stream, including capitalization and punctuation) plus an optional trailing newline, and nothing else.
• The program must not write anything to STDERR.
• If anyone wants to abuse this by creating a language where the empty program prints Hello, World!, then congrats, they just paved the way for a very boring answer.

Note that there must be an interpreter so the submission can be tested. It is allowed (and even encouraged) to write this interpreter yourself for a previously unimplemented language.

• Submissions are scored in bytes, in an appropriate (pre-existing) encoding, usually (but not necessarily) UTF-8. Some languages, like Folders, are a bit tricky to score - if in doubt, please ask on Meta.
• This is not about finding the language with the shortest "Hello, World!" program. This is about finding the shortest "Hello, World!" program in every language. Therefore, I will not mark any answer as "accepted".
• If your language of choice is a trivial variant of another (potentially more popular) language which already has an answer (think BASIC or SQL dialects, Unix shells or trivial Brainfuck-derivatives like Alphuck), consider adding a note to the existing answer that the same or a very similar solution is also the shortest in the other language.

As a side note, please don't downvote boring (but valid) answers in languages where there is not much to golf - these are still useful to this question as it tries to compile a catalogue as complete as possible. However, do primarily upvote answers in languages where the authors actually had to put effort into golfing the code.

For inspiration, check the Hello World Collection.

## The Catalogue

The Stack Snippet at the bottom of this post generates the catalogue from the answers a) as a list of shortest solution per language and b) as an overall leaderboard.

To make sure that your answer shows up, please start your answer with a headline, using the following Markdown template:

## Language Name, N bytes


where N is the size of your submission. If you improve your score, you can keep old scores in the headline, by striking them through. For instance:

## Ruby, <s>104</s> <s>101</s> 96 bytes


If there you want to include multiple numbers in your header (e.g. because your score is the sum of two files or you want to list interpreter flag penalties separately), make sure that the actual score is the last number in the header:

## Perl, 43 + 2 (-p flag) = 45 bytes


You can also make the language name a link which will then show up in the snippet:

## [><>](https://esolangs.org/wiki/Fish), 121 bytes


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• @isaacg No it doesn't. I think there would be some interesting languages where it's not obvious whether primality testing is possible. – Martin Ender Aug 28 '15 at 13:56
• If the same program, such as "Hello, World!", is the shortest in many different and unrelated languages, should it be posted separately? – aditsu quit because SE is EVIL Aug 28 '15 at 15:33
• @mbomb007 Well it's hidden by default because the three code blocks take up a lot of space. I could minify them so that they are a single line each, but I'd rather keep the code maintainable in case bugs come up. – Martin Ender Aug 28 '15 at 19:34
• @ETHproductions "Unlike our usual rules, feel free to use a language (or language version) even if it's newer than this challenge." Publishing the language and an implementation before posting it would definitely be helpful though. – Martin Ender Aug 29 '15 at 23:01
• @MartinEnder ... Almost. If two BF solutions have the same size, the one with smaller lexicographical order will take smaller number of bytes in Unary. Of course the smallest Unary solution translated to BF is guaranteed to be smallest. – user202729 May 20 '18 at 10:20

# BTClang, 53 bytes

My newest invention! BTClang is short for Bitcoin language. Although it has nothing to do with bitcoins, it shares some similiarities with this language. Code:

# Japt, 1514 11 bytes

(using the ISO/IEC 8859 character encoding)

Japt is a shortened version of JavaScript. Interpreter

HÁM, Wld!


There's an unprintable char in there, so here's a hexdump:

60 48 C1 4D 2C 20 57 8E 6C 64 21
  H  Á  M  ,     W  .  l  d  !


Recently, @Vɪʜᴀɴ has helped me add in the shoco library for compressing strings. Using backticks around a string tells the interpreter to automatically decompress the string, and when a backtick is needed at the end of a program, you can leave it off. Thus, Japt now beats or ties all languages that don't have some sort of built-in to obtain "Hello, World!". (Including Pyth :D)

## 095, 16 bytes

'Hello, World!'s


First answer in my attempt at making a programming language! Pushes Hello, World! to the stack and then prints.

• Welcome to PPCG! – Erik the Outgolfer Jan 25 '18 at 20:43

# Atari Logo, 21 bytes

Code:

PRINT [HELLO, WORLD!]


Result:

# Brainfuck, 128 bytes

Generated using this generator, which is sub-optimal.

-[------->+<]>-.-[->+++++<]>++.+++++++..+++.[->+++++<]>+.------------.---[->+++<]>.-[--->+<]>---.+++.------.--------.-[--->+<]>.


# ELVM-IR, 1166866 65 bytes

.data
putc B


Thanks to @ASCII-only for golfing off 48 50 51 bytes!

Try it online!

### Background

Running the above program with eli <file> interprets it, but elc -<target> <file> is where the real magic happens: it translates ELVM-IR source code to any of the supported backends!

Try it online!

The ELVM toolchain also supports compiling (a subset of) C and its standard library to ELVM-IR.

Try it online!

# Nikud, 672 bytes

ֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֱֲֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֳֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶֶַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַַָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָָ


Try it online

Even though it has tons of bytes, it's top 3 in width, as all the characters are diacritical marks.

There isn't much useful to explain. The character codes are put in reverse order into the stack using mostly אֱ (push 1), אֶ (dup) and אַ (add). Then אֵ (print as char) is called 13 times.

Another thing that adds to the byte count is that each character is represented by 2 bytes in UTF-8. So it's actually 336 characters.

• I think this can be golfed more using multiplication. – Windmill Cookies Jun 14 '18 at 5:17

# axo, 22 bytes

"!dlroW ,olleH"[>[(#<\


Try it online!

Pushes "Hello, World!" to the stack "!dlroW ,olleH"

Duplicates top of stack afterward, which results in "HHello, World!" [

Moves to the right >.

Duplicates it again, which results in "HHHello, World!" [

Outputs "H" while popping from the stack, so the stack is "HHello, World!" (

Pops the top of the stack, results in "Hello, World!" #

Moves left <

Pops the top of the stack, results in "ello, World!" #

Outputs "e" while popping from the stack, which results in STDOUT being "He" and the stack being "llo, World!" (

Duplicates the top of the stack, resulting in the stack being "lllo, World!" [

Moves right. >

And I'm sure you can figure out the rest. If you can't, I'll update a more indepth-explanation soon.

# A Pear Tree, 25 bytes

print'Hello, World!'#»G²Ú


Try it online!

A Pear Tree programs are written in an arbitrary ASCII-consistent 8-bit character set; for codepoint 128 and above, the interpreter cares about the codepoint numerically, not the represented character. TIO uses Latin-1, so the above program is actually a Latin-1 decoding of the codepoints that make it up.

## Explanation

print'Hello, World!' should be fairly self-explanatory. However, there is some choice available here; print"Hello, World!" would have been the same length, but leads to the resulting checksum being less printable.

The checksum is the interesting part of the program. In this program, that's the #»G²Ú at the end. For golfing, you'd want the shortest workable checksum, which is normally 4 or 5 bytes long. (It's a 32-bit checksum, so 4 bytes would normally be enough, but the checksum is also executed as code, and thus needs to be a valid command; the # starts a comment, so # plus 4 bytes is normally enough to add a checksum to anything.) The checksum doesn't have to cover the whole code, but does have to cover a prefix of the part of the code that actually runs; adding comments at the end is terser than adding them at the start, and we want to execute the entire program, so for this program, I caused the checksum to cover the entire program.

Although a Hello World program doesn't benefit much from the checksumming, we could have made use of the checksum behaviour to embed the Hello World program into a larger document or write multiple copies of the program so that if one gets corrupted, the others can still run. This makes A Pear Tree considerably more robust than most languages are.

# ]=[, 164 bytes

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]=[ was a language which only uses the symbols ], =, and [.

The ]=[ interpreter is written in 12-Basic.

• There's something amusing about the fact that the ]=[ interpreter at the link is written in the 12-basic interpreter. – snail_ May 31 '18 at 20:18
• Permalink no longer works – ASCII-only Dec 26 '18 at 1:07
• now I can't find the interpreter... – 12Me21 Dec 28 '18 at 3:18
• I was looking through some old files and I found the interpreter, finally. – 12Me21 Mar 13 '19 at 21:32

# Bootable x86 machine code, 512 bytes

Hexdump:

31 c9 8e d9 be 10 7c b1  0d ac b4 0e cd 10 e2 f9  |1.....|.........|
48 65 6c 6c 6f 2c 20 57  6f 72 6c 64 21 00 00 00  |Hello, World!...|
*
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 55 aa  |..............U.|


* represents 464 bytes of padding required to place the bootable flag (55 aa) at offset 510.

This is the same as the following assembler code, which can be assembled using nasm hello.asm -f bin -o hello.bin, assuming the assembler code is in a file called hello.asm

[ORG 0x7C00]
[BITS 16]

xor cx, cx      ; Set cx to 0
mov ds, cx      ; Set ds to cx (0)
mov si, msg     ; Set si to the address of the message
mov cl, 13      ; Set cx to 13 (the size of the message)
print_loop:         ; For each character in the message:
lodsb           ;   Set al to the character
mov ah, 0x0E    ;   Set ah to 0x0E
int 0x10        ;   Call interrupt 0x10 (video services) with ah set to 0x0E (print al to screen)
loop print_loop ;   Decrement cx and continue the loop if cx > 0

msg:
db 'Hello, World!'

times 510 - ($-$\$) db 0
db 0x55
db 0xAA


## Running

The code can be runned with QEMU using the following command, assuming the binary code is saved in a file called hello.bin:

qemu-system-x86_64 -drive format=raw,file=hello.bin

• Can you assume that regs like cx` are already cleared? – ceilingcat May 7 '19 at 5:32