This tutorial will be showing you how to install Code Blocks on Ubuntu 16.04/17.04. Code Blocks is a free, open-source integrated development environment (IDE) for C, C++ and Fortran. It can run on Linux, Mac, Windows. The latest version, Code Blocks 16.01, was released on January, 2016.
Code Blocks features:
- Supports multiple compilers including GCC, Clang, Visual C++, MinGW and many more
- Custom build system and optional Make support.
- Syntax highlighting and code folding
- C++ code completion, class browser, a hex editor
- A debugger with full breakpoint support
- A plug-in system to support other programming languages.
- And more
How to Install Code Blocks IDE on Ubuntu 16.04/17.04
Code Blocks is in the default Ubuntu package repository.
sudo apt install codeblocks
Ubuntu 17.04 contains Code Blocks version 16.01. However, the version is outdated in Ubuntu 16.04. To install the latest version, you can use PPA. Run the following 3 commands to add Code Blocks PPA to system, update local package index and install the package.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:damien-moore/codeblocks-stable sudo apt update sudo apt install codeblocks codeblocks-contrib Once installed, you can start Code Blocks IDE from Unity Dash or your preferred app launcher.
Choosing a C Compiler
Upon first launch of Code Blocks, you will be prompted with a Compilers auto-detection window:
Tow popular open-source C compilers available for Linux are:
- GNU C Compiler – the defacto-standard open-source C compiler
- Clang – Clang is much faster and uses far less memory than GCC and it provides extremely clear and concise diagnostics (error and warning messages).
To install gcc, run:
sudo apt install gcc
To install the Clang compiler:
sudo apt install clang
If you want to compile native Windows binaries on Linux, then you can install the
sudo apt install mingw-w64
After choosing your default C compiler, you can start using Code Blocks to write programs.
You can also choose your default compiler by going to Settings > Compiler > Global Compiler Settings.
That’s it! I hope this tutorial helped you install Code Blocks on Ubuntu 16.04/17.04.