Microsoft Windows SDK Alternatives

    Microsoft Windows SDK is described as 'The Windows SDK provides tools, compilers, headers, libraries, code samples, and a new help system that developers can use to create applications that run on Microsoft Windows' and is an app in the Development category. There are five alternatives to Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows, Linux, BSD and Mac. The best alternative is MinGW, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft Windows SDK are MSYS2 (Free, Open Source), MinGW-w64 (Free, Open Source), gow (Free, Open Source) and qmake (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 12, 2020

    1. MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils.
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    2. MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      The project's goal is to deliver runtime, headers, and libs for developing 64 bit (x64), as well as 32 bit (x86), windows applications using gcc-4.4 or newer versions. It can be considered as a folk of MinGW(32)
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      qmake is a tool from The Qt Company that helps simplify the build process for development project across different platforms. qmake automates the generation of Makefiles so that only a few lines of information are needed to create each Makefile.
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