Tutorial :What is the good cross platform C++ IDE? [closed]


It needs to have good code completion support, debugger, and a nice way to browse code (click to go to documentation).

Since I got spoiled by Java IDEs (Eclipse), it would be cool if it supported refactoring, reference search and some form of on the fly compilation, but maybe I'm asking too much.

So far I tried Eclipse C++ plugin, Qt Creator and Code Blocks. Eclipse plugin feels sluggish, Code Blocks has much worse completion then Qt Creator and Qt Creator is great for Qt stuff, but kinda hard to use for free form projects.

What are other options and first hand experience with them, since trying something for few hours and using something on a daily basis are two different things?


I have been using Code Lite for some time now. It provides support for auto completion. It has a code explorer and outline, though I find myself using "find resource" to open files. It has a plugin for UnitTest++ and some primitive refactoring capabilities.

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I'm very happy with Eclipse. It's not fast, but if you get a good enough workstation, it runs just fine, and considering how much your time is worth, a good workstation is actually pretty cheap. It also has a feature list a mile long (good features, not just bullet points), which I tried to summarize in this answer. It's also being actively developed; CDT 5.0 is a huge improvement over 4.0, and the next version (due out this month) adds even more nifty features (like syntax highlighting that can distinguish between overloaded and non-overloaded operators).


With some tweaking, you can turn VIM into a very good IDE. You can enable tabs for multiple source files in a single buffer, code navigation, and even auto-completion. The example below is for python, but the ideas apply to C++ as well.



Use EMACS. M + / gives you all possible completion from the opened buffers. It has got nice integration with GDB as well.


I use plan9port's Acme. It only does a few things itself, but provides a very good interface to let any command-line program process any text from any of the tiled windows. So, instead of building all functionality into the editor (eg Emacs), it outsources just about all of it to command-line programs---actually more numerous and written in languages better suited to the tasks at hand than the editor's language (even Lisp).

http://www.faqs.org/docs/artu/ch13s02.html is "A Tale of Five Editors" (read Wily as Acme), from The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond.


QTCreator rawks and has a great set of libs that are also cross platform.


I'm a fan of 'Code::Blocks'

Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable.

Finally, an IDE with all the features you need, having a consistent look, feel and operation across platforms. - (the site)

Their latest release has been amazing... For a while it was difficult to get it since they only had the RC on their main site. Now that it's been released proper (not just dev snapshots), its much easier to get.

built in Astyle, code completion, and multi-compiler support, all cross platform w/ wxwidgets.


recently I did some research for a good C++ Crossplatform IDE:

* Eclipse Galileo with CDT Plugin  * NetBeans 6.7 (which is also the base for the SunStudio IDE)  * CodeBlocks 8.02  * CodeLite 2.x  

After all I have decided to use CodeLite 2.x.

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Anjuta might have Windows port:



SlickEdit is quite good and available for most platforms.


I've recently discovered NetBeans for C++. In the past C++ support in NetBeans has been lacking, but the 6.5 version has improved greatly. If you setup your project following guidelines on the NetBeans site, then code completion and debugging work well in Linux with g++ & gdb. I've not tried using NetBeans for C++ on Windows, but I don't think there would be an issue using DevC++, Ming or cygwin with g++ for compilation.


You can use the Ultimate++ framework It is a C++ cross platform framework with a great IDE you can develop visual UI applications

please visit http://www.ultimatepp.org


NEdit along with this package:


It's cross platform, cross language and customization-friendly.


I'm currently giving Geany a try on gnu/linux, and so far I'm loving it! :] I would otherwise be using Netbeans for C++, but there seems to be a few nasty bugs with their most recent release. Geany gets the job done, at least for now.

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