Features

Highlights:

  • Open Source! GPLv3, no hidden costs.
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Linux, Mac, Windows (uses wxWidgets).
  • Written in C++. No interpreted languages or proprietary libs needed.
  • Extensible through plugins

 

Compiler:

  • Multiple compiler support:
    • GCC (MingW / GNU GCC)
    • MSVC++
    • clang
    • 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

 

Debugger:

  • 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

 

Interface:

  • Syntax highlighting, customizable and extensible
  • Code folding for C, C++, Fortran, XML and many more 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!

 

Build system

Code::Blocks implements a custom build system with very important features: ultra-fast dependencies generation, build queues and parallel builds are the most important ones to mention.

Debugging

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.