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Free C++ Builder Alternatives

The best free alternative to C++ Builder is Microsoft Visual Studio. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Code::Blocks or CodeLite. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to C++ Builder and 12 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to C++ Builder are Bloodshed Dev-C++, B4X, React Studio and Orwell Dev-C++.

C++ Builder alternatives are mainly IDEs but may also be Code Editors or Android Development Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of C++ Builder.
This page was last updated Jul 5, 2022
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  1. Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web applications and web services.

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    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Visual Studio is still a legitimate alternative to C++ Builder, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    It's a lot better organized from my personal perspective. The fact that you can rely on something as robust as the .Net framework helps a lot in developing all kinds of applications. Embarcadero's (formerly Borland's) debugger might be getting better, but it's still not as good as the debugger of VS has been for years now.

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    Although I love VS, it is a set of IDE that comes with compilers, frameworks, etc. This is no RAD.

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    It does not have a native GUI designer like C++ Builder. Yes you can use .NET framework but that is not native.

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    MS VS is not RAD, doesn't have visual components like Borland product, anyway cannot be compared to BCB or being called alternative. It is just something different and I'm not sure, but I'm convinced those alternatives should be free.

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    Code::Blocks

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable.

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    CodeLite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • wxWidgets

    CodeLite is an open-source, cross platform IDE for the C/C++/PHP and Node.js programming languages. CodeLite is known to work on various OSs including:

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  4. Bloodshed Dev-C++ icon

    Bloodshed Dev-C++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C/C++ programming language. It uses Mingw port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as it's compiler. Dev-C++ can also be used in combination with Cygwin or any other GCC based compiler.

    Discontinued

    No longer developed. Last version, 5 Beta 9.2 (4.9.9.2), released on February 21th 2005, is still downloadable, but a maintained version of Dev-C++ with updated code is Orwell Dev-C++ icon Orwell Dev-C++

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    B4X

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Cross platform development tools for native iOS, Android, desktop and server applications.

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  6. React Studio icon

    React Studio

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac

    React Studio lets you create components either visually or in code, then use them interchangeably in your designs.

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  7. Orwell Dev-C++ icon

    Orwell Dev-C++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Orwell Dev-C++ is a Portable (IDE) Integrated Development Environment and Compiler for the C++ programming language.

    Discontinued

    The latest version is from April 2015. Project inactive for a while, see https://sourceforge.net/p/orwelldevcpp/forums/general/thread/ce51da27/

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    Microsoft Small Basic

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • .NET Framework

    Microsoft Small Basic puts the fun back into computer programming. With a friendly development environment that is very easy to master, it eases both kids and adults into the world of programming.

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    Cevelop

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    The C++ IDE for professional developers.

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  10. AvalonStudio icon

    AvalonStudio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Visual Studio Code
    • GitHub

    An extensible, cross platform IDE written in C# for Embedded C/C++, .NET Core, Avalonia and Typescript.

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