# Monad Transformers

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There are currently two sets of packages that implement similar interfaces to monad transformers, besides a third package with a similar goal but different API named MonadLib:

- MTL - Monad Transformers Library: provides concrete monad transformers like and abstractions using multi-parameter type classes with functional dependencies likeStateT. Monads likeMonadStateand their transformer counterparts likeStateare distinct types and can be accessed uniformly only through a type class abstraction likeStateT. Because of the functional dependencies, MTL can currently (2010-03) only used in Hugs and GHC. MTL was the first implementation.MonadState
- The newer implementation is derived from the former one and is split into the following components:
- transformers: Provide only concrete transformers like . The monadStateTis only a type synonym forState s a. Thus bothStateT s Identity aandStatecan be accessed by the same methods likeStateTandput. However, this only works, ifgetis the top-most transformer in a monad transformer stack. This package is Haskell 98 and thus can be also used with JHC.StateT
- monads-fd: Provides the same type classes with functional dependencies like MTL. They allow using methods also forStatetransformers within a transformer stack.StateT
- monads-tf: Provides a different abstraction using type families. Unfortunately the names of
`monads-fd`

and`monads-tf`

clash,

- transformers: Provide only concrete transformers like

thus you can currently not import both packages in one package.

## Contents |

## 1 How can I use MTL and transformers together?

## 2 Shall I use MTL or transformers?

## 3 How to move from MTL to transformers?

Any package using `MTL`

can be ported to `transformers`

and `monads-fd`

with only slight variations.
Modules require the `Trans`

infix,

import Control.Monad.State ...

import Control.Monad.Trans.State ...

State

State

state

runState

## 4 See also

- Monad Transformers Explained
- http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/libraries/2009-March/011415.html
- http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/libraries/2009-December/012914.html
- http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2010-January/071842.html
- http://www.mail-archive.com/debian-haskell@lists.debian.org/msg01241.html