Dev-C++ is an advanced, freely distributed integrated development environment for Windows, created by Bloodshed Software. It is based on the MinGW implementation of GCC. Perhaps the greatest feature of Dev-C++ for OSDev purposes is that it can be used with the Cygwin toolset as well as (or instead of) the MinGW one. Read the manual to find out how.
A similar IDE, Dev-Pascal, is available, and works with either Free Pascal and GNU Pascal.
Unfortunately, the last update to Dev-C++ was made in 2005. However, in June 2011 Dev-C++ was forked by Orwell to continue its development and has since fixed several bugs and added new features. There is also wxDev-C++, a Dev-C++ fork specifically targetted at users developing with the wxWidgets framework.
Using Cygwin with Dev-C++
As mentioned above, it is possible to use a "real" (non minimalist) gcc compiler with Dev-C++ by using Cygwin. To do this, one has to edit some of the settings of the IDE. Procedure:
- 1. Start Dev-C++ (That much should be obvious).
- 2. Go to Tools->Compiler Options:
- 3. Go to the Directories Tab, then add the appropriate Cygwin paths.
- 4. You can use a custom makefile by going Project->Project Options->Select the Makefile Tab and replacing the makefile.
A more detailed, and illustrated tutorial is found at