Code::Blocks is an open-source IDE (Integrated Development Environment). It helps you to work on software and programs you are developing, including coding, debugging, testing, and much more. It supports many compilers, such as GNU GCC (MinGW and Cygwin) and MS Visual C++. It is also free to download. If this is your first time with Code::Blocks, you’re in the right place! We’ll help you get up and running.
To get started, follow these steps:
- Download the Code::Blocks installer here.
- Run the installer. It’s a standard installer for Windows; just press Next after reading each screen. If using another operating system, choose the appropriate option on the downloads page referenced above.
- If you’re planning on installing a compiler after you’ve installed Code::Blocks, read the information provided in the installer. Also, see this link for help setting up your compiler.
- If you downloaded the installer that doesn’t come with MinGW, you may have to configure the compiler manually (usually Code::Blocks auto-detects the compiler).
Starting your first project
Step 1. Launch the Project Wizard
Select File->New->Project… to start a new project. You can select from many types of templates to help get your project started. For your first project, select Console application, as this is the most common for general purposes. Click Go.
Step 2. Select the destination for your project.
Choose your programming language, (for example C++) when prompted for a language. Then, on the next screen, give the project a title and select a destination folder. Code::Blocks will generate the remaining entries from these two.
Step 3. Choose your compiler.
This is often the default compiler that you use on your machine. The default builds will be debug & release. If another option is needed, select it here.
Step 4. Finish
After selecting Finish, you’re on your way to your first project!