Software Options for Windows
While there are several option to write and compile C code, my two favorite options are:
- Code::Blocks for beginners
- Eclipse for advance users
In this tutorial I will use this two compilers to show how to create and run your first programs. Then I will just show the output of each program.
Go to Code::Blocks download page at http://www.codeblocks.org/downloads and select Download the binary release
Look for your Operative System and click on the link to download Code::Blocks using one of the two downloading options. If you are using Windows look for the link that has the option mingw. This will install a compiler for C and C++ in your computer. If you are new to programming (and using a windows computer), then is almost 100% probably that you will need to install this feature. Next image shows the option that includes mingw for windows.
Download should start in a few seconds for now.
For eclipse, go to eclipse download page https://eclipse.org/downloads/ and look for Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers and click on your operative system (32-bits or 64-bits).
Select mirror and click download button.
Wait for the download to start.
If you are using windows, execute the “.exe” file and follow instructions.
For Installing Eclipse, just extract the “.zip” file.