Code::Blocks – C, C++ and Fortran IDE

Code::Blocks is a free/open source, cross platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It is developed in C++ using wxWidgets. Using a plugin architecture, its capabilities and features are defined by the provided plugins. Any kind of functionality can be added by installing/coding a plugin.

Currently, Code::Blocks is oriented towards C/C++.

The debugging subsystem has been greatly enhanced in the latest version. Automatic/manual watches, code/data breakpoints, call stack, disassembly listing and memory dumps are only few of its features.

Features include:


  • Multiple compiler support:
    • GCC (MingW / GNU GCC).
    • MSVC++.
    • Digital Mars.
    • Borland C++ 5.5.
    • Open Watcom.
    • …and more.
  • Very fast custom build system (no makefiles needed).
  • Support for parallel builds (utilizing your CPU’s extra cores).
  • Multi-target projects.
  • Workspaces to combine multiple projects.
  • Inter-project dependencies inside workspace.
  • Imports MSVC projects and workspaces (NOTE: assembly code not supported yet).
  • Imports Dev-C++ projects.


  • Interfaces GNU GDB.
  • Also supports MS CDB (not fully featured).
  • Full breakpoints support:
    • Code breakpoints.
    • Data breakpoints (read, write and read/write).
    • Breakpoint conditions (break only when an expression is true).
    • Breakpoint ignore counts (break only after certain number of hits).
  • Display local function symbols and arguments.
  • User-defined watches (support for watching user-defined types through scripting).
  • Call stack.
  • Disassembly.
  • Custom memory dump.
  • Switch between threads.
  • View CPU registers.


  • Syntax highlighting, customizable and extensible.
  • Code folding for C++ and XML files.
  • Tabbed interface.
  • Code completion.
  • Class Browser.
  • Smart indent.
  • One-key swap between .h and .c/.cpp files.
  • Open files list for quick switching between files (optional).
  • External customizable “Tools”.
  • To-do list management with different users.

And many more features provided through plugins!

Support: FAQ, Forums
Developer: Yiannis Mandravellos, Thomas Denk, Lieven de Cock, Martin Halle, Biplab Modak, plugin contributors and others.
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


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