Run C++ in Windows (XP, 7, 8 and 10)

run C++ Program on Windows
(Last Updated On: September 1, 2018)

In this tutorial, you’ll learn in Detail how to Run C++ Program on Windows.

To run C++ Program on Windows, you’d need to download Code::Blocks.

There are others available as well but Code::Blocks makes installation a piece of cake. It’s easy, simple and developer friendly.

To make this procedure even easier, follow this step by step guide.

  1. Go to the binary release download page of Code:Blocks official site.

2. Under Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8.x / 10 section, click the link with mingw-setup highlighted row either from or FossHub.

3. Open the Code::Blocks Setup file and follow the instructions (Next > I agree > Next > Install); you don’t need to change anything. This installs the Code::Blocks with gnu GCC compiler, which is the best compiler to start with for beginners.

4. Now, open Code::Blocks and go to File > New > Empty file (Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+N)

run C++ Program on Windows

5. Write the C++ code and save the file with .cpp extension. To save the file, go to File > Save (Shortcut: Ctrl+S). Important: The filename should end with a .cpp extension, like: hello.cpp, your-program-name.cpp

6. To run the program, go to Build > Build and Run (Shortcut: F9). This will build the executable file and run it.

If your program doesn’t run and if you see an error message “can’t find compiler executable in your search path(GNU GCC compiler)”,  go to Settings > Compiler > Toolchain executables and click Auto-detect. This should solve the issue in most cases.

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