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Difference between Native compiler and Cross compiler

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  • Last Updated : 03 May, 2020
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1. Native Compiler :
Native compiler are compilers that generates code for the same Platform on which it runs. It converts high language into computer’s native language. For example Turbo C or GCC compiler

2. Cross compiler :
A Cross compiler is a compiler that generates executable code for a platform other than one on which the compiler is running. For example a compiler that running on Linux/x86 box is building a program which will run on a separate Arduino/ARM.

Difference between Native Compiler and Cross Compiler :

Native CompilerCross Compiler
Translates program for same hardware/platform/machine on it is running.Translates program for different hardware/platform/machine other than the platform which it is running.
It is used to build programs for same system/machine & OS it is installed.It is used to build programs for other system/machine like AVR/ARM.
It is dependent on System/machine and OSIt is independent of System/machine and OS
It can generate executable file like .exeIt can generate raw code .hex
TurboC or GCC is native Compiler.Keil is a cross compiler.

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