Best C/C++ IDEs With The Easiest Setup

In this post, we will discuss about some of the most powerful & versatile C/C++ IDEs which are quick and easy to setup!

The first point of concern for a beginner in programming is the IDE i.e. Integrated Development Environment. Its basically a consolidation of tools like code editor, build manager & debugger. And no doubt, its the basic need of every coder outta there!

Now the main problem arises. There are numerous IDEs available online, mostly free with option for their premium versions. So the solution is to chose wisely the best software which is most versatile and suits your needs.

As a beginner, I used Turbo C++ IDE for coding in C++ during school days. But thats quite outdated and is nearly abandoned. Here, I will enlist some of the most prominent ones which can be your new choice.

Visual Studio Code

VS Code is a rich, fully integrated, cross-platform & open-source development environment that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Microsoft did a really great job in developing VS Code.

VS Code supports Git Commands as well as IntelliSense. It supports various programming languages. Just install the extensions for any language from the cloud and you are ready to code! Just DON’T FORGET to set the environment variables like me 😁😅

Download Visual Studio Code

Eclipse CDT

Eclipse is the most-widely used Java IDE. To cater to the needs of C/C++ developers, Eclipse launched the CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling) project. Fully packed with features and cross-platform capabilities, its very popular choice for those who want the IDE only for C/C++ programming.

Download Eclipse CDT

CLion by JetBrains

This C++ IDE is developed by JetBrains, the company that developed IntelliJ IDE for Java. The software is free for Students and Open-Source Projects. It supports

  • Smart editor
  • Embedded terminal
  • Various languages and standards: C++11, JavaScript, XML, HTML and CSS
  • CMake support

Download CLion IDE

CodeLite IDE

CodeLite is another good C/C++ IDE. It is free, cross-platform & open-source. Its features include:

  • Generic support for compilers and clickable errors via the Buildtab
  • Supports next generation debugger
  • Parser tool for fast and powerful code completion
  • RAD tool for building Widgets-based applications
  • Supports Static code analysis, refactoring, class browser and profiling

They provide installers for nearly every OS except FreeBSD which you can get from here

Download CodeLite IDE


Code::Blocks is a free, highly extensible and configurable, cross-platform C/C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of C/C++ developers. It offers to extend functionality through various plugins developed by users.

It supports compiling, debugging, profiling and auto code completion. Supports multiple compilers (GCC, Clang, Borland, etc.) and is very fast.

Download Code::Blocks IDE

PS: I personally prefer using VS Code because its very powerful 💖

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