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Top 5 IDEs for C++ That You Should Try Once

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 25 Aug, 2020

In the previous years, To create an application from scratch a developer would have to struggle a lot. Because to create an software application it would take many steps beginning from Coding, Compiling, Testing, Debugging, Build, and Deployment. All these different phases would need different packages to be installed and was difficult to maintain by a Developer. 
 

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So to increase the productivity and speedup the process of software development, All these packages that are essential for development are integrated or combined into single environment known as IDE(Integrated Development environment) which made modern software development easier and faster. A typical IDE must possess few features such as syntax highlighting, auto-code completion, auto-save code, code search, compiler, refactoring, debugging, version control, build and deployment etc. If you are an C++ programmer then below are some free IDEs for software development: 

1. Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a most popular free open-source code editor developed by Microsoft which supports platform like Windows, Linux, Mac. Microsoft provides extension for C++ called “Microsoft C/C++” which can be easily found by searching in extensions section.There is another extension called ” code runner ” that allows to run code snippets as output. 



Features : 

  • Free to use
  • light-weight
  • Auto-code completion
  • syntax highlighting
  • command line area
  • debugger
  • themes and extensions
  • deployment tools
  • Git support

2. Code:: Blocks

Code::blocks is a open-source and free IDE for C and C++ which can be used on multiple platforms, build in C++ using a GUI widget tool called “wxWidget”. This IDE is specially used for programming in C++ with smooth performance and features. 

Features: 

  • Free to use
  • Cross-platform
  • Extensible with plugins
  • Multiple compiler support
  • Very fast performance
  • Debugger
  • Customizable
  • Good interface

3. CLion

Clion is a modern IDE by JetBrains which is designed to run C and C++ on various platforms like windows, Linux, and MacOS. It provides intelligent code assistance support so that the main focus must be on important things. 

Features : 

  • Easy to start new project
  • Smart code completion
  • Easy debugging
  • Refactoring
  • Smart Code analysis
  • Customization
  • Built-in tools 

4. Eclipse

Eclipse is one of the most popular and powerful IDE for C++ developers. It is also open-source and free to use with excellent community support. It supports multi-platforms like Windows, Linux and MacOS and many users find it easy to use. 

Features : 

  • Easy to use
  • Auto-completion of code
  • Open-source
  • source navigation
  • syntax highlighting
  • visual debugging tools
  • Debugging
  • code refactoring 

5. CodeLite

CodeLite is one of the best C++ IDE to use which is free, open-source written in C++ and specialized to run on various platforms such as Windows, MacOS, Linux. It also provides many features as any C++ IDE. 

Features : 

  • Project management
  • code completion
  • syntax highlighting
  • interactive debugger
  • code refactoring
  • Unit testing
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