Free CLion Alternatives

    The best free alternative to CLion is Microsoft Visual Studio. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Eclipse or Apache NetBeans. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to CLion and 16 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to CLion are Code::Blocks (Free, Open Source), Qt Creator (Free, Open Source), KDevelop (Free, Open Source) and React Studio (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Apr 13, 2021

    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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      Microsoft Visual Studio vs CLion opinions
      Most users think Microsoft Visual Studio is a great alternative to CLion.
      olexiykutsenko Clion is Visual Studio for Linux
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      It has the same Language (C/C++) as CLion and comparable functions.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Only C#, VB and F#.NET supported. There is no C++ support at all in Microsoft VS for Mac. Cannot be called an alternative for Mac.
      Negative comment 6 months ago

    2. Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle.
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      Eclipse vs CLion opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Eclipse is a great alternative to CLion.
      ezpat Eclipse flavored with CDT provides best free-of-charge experience regarding AST Indexing (and AST storage/caching), instant code completion, smart renaming and most advanced refactoring options unfamiliar in another Open-Source editor.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      CLion is an IDE specifically for C/C++, languages which Eclipse does not support.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Eclipse is only similar in the fact that it is an IDE; it does not support C or C++, which is the entire point of CLion. Clearly the high number of upvotes is due to uninformed consumers or a distasteful publicity move by Eclipse.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Apps are not same because Clion is only for C/C++ and Eclispse is neither for C nor for C++
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago


    3. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.
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      Apache NetBeans vs CLion opinions
      Most users think Apache NetBeans is a great alternative to CLion.
      Different coding languages.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

    4. 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. An IDE with all the features a developer need, having a consistent look, feel and operation across platforms.
      Code::Blocks vs CLion opinions
      Most users think Code::Blocks is a great alternative to CLion.
      Wildly different capabilities in code completion and code jumping
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    5. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework.
      Almost everyone thinks Qt Creator is a great alternative to CLion.

    6. A cross-platform IDE for C, C++, Python, QML/JavaScript and PHP.
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      KDevelop vs CLion opinions
      Most users think KDevelop is a great alternative to CLion.
      Opensource, free, supports C/C++ very well, supports cmake, git, gdb and llvm, lightweight and lowsized
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      React Studio lets you create components either visually or in code, then use them interchangeably in your designs. Customize your components with advanced property UIs and dynamic previews in the editing canvas.
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    7. The C++ IDE for professional developers.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      Dcoder is a mobile coding IDE ( Compiler for mobile ), where one can code and learn algorithms. Tailored to enhance your coding skills, via the use of code compilation and algorithm solving. Now learn to code anytime anywhere.
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    8. Embarcadero Dev-C++ is a new and improved fork (sponsored by Embarcadero) of Bloodshed Dev-C++ and Orwell Dev-C++. It is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and code editor for the C/C++ programming language.
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