C Installation

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a C compiler in Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.


What is a C compiler?

A compiler is a computer program that is built to convert high-level language code to machine language. We generally write C program English like language which computer does not understand.

To make the code understand to the computer we need to convert the code to binary code. The C compiler converts the human-readable code to binary code.

List of C Compiler for Windows

There are many C compilers available in the online market. Below are the most commonly used C compilers.

  • Turbo C++
  • Dev C++
  • Minimalist GNU for Windows (MinGW)
  • CCS C Compiler
  • Portable C Compiler
  • Code::Blocks
  • Digital Mars C++ Compiler
  • Intel C++
  • IBM C++
  • Oracle C++
  • Visual C++ : Express Edition

C installation on Windows

There are many C compilers are available in the market. You can install any of the software given below.

  • You can use MinGW.
  • You can download Dev-C++ IDE to develop C and C++ applications.
  • You can download Code::Blocks which is an open-source Integrated Development Environment.

C installation in Unix/ Linux

If you are using Unix/Linux operating system, then gcc C compiler should be preinstalled in your system. To check if the gcc compiler is installed or not just type gcc command as below:

$ gcc -v

By any chance if the compiler is not present in your system, you can get it installed using the following steps:

1) Open the terminal

2) For Red-Hat, Fedora users, type and execute this command

$ yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'

3) For Debian and Ubuntu users, type and execute the following command

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential manpages-dev

4) To verify that the gcc has been successfully installed on the machine as we discussed earlier, execute the following command.

$ gcc -v

C installation on MAC.

Xcode development environment came with GNU C/C++ compiler; You can install it from Apple’s website.

You can download Xcode from developer.apple.com/technologies/tools.

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