MinGW-w64 Alternatives

    MinGW-w64 is described as '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' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MinGW-w64 for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Git and Cygwin. The best alternative is Cygwin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MinGW-w64 are MinGW (Free, Open Source), MSYS2 (Free, Open Source), Windows Command Prompt (Paid) and Babun (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 11, 2021

    1. Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils.
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      It basically runs all basic UNIX and LINUX codes. Its colorful as well as easy to use too
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      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.
    2. Command Prompt, also known as cmd.exe or cmd (after its executable file name), is the command-line interpreter on Windows NT, Windows CE, OS/2 and eComStation operating systems. It is the counterpart of COMMAND.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Git
      • Cygwin
      • zsh
      Would you like to use a linux-like console on a Windows host without a lot of fuzz? Try out babun!

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.0, released in July 2015, can be still downloaded from GitHub

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      TDM-GCC is a compiler suite for Windows.
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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.

      Discontinued

      No activity for over a year.

    3. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      DJGPP (DJ's GNU Programming Platform) is a development suite for 386+ IBM PC compatibles which supports DOS-enabled operating systems. It is guided by DJ Delorie, who began the project in 1989.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      MSYS is a collection of GNU utilities such as bash, make, gawk and grep to allow building of applications and programs which depend on traditionally UNIX tools to be present.
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