CodeLite: Free Open Source C/C++ IDE

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Recently I had mentioned about CodeBlocks – the Free C++ IDE. Kevin read about that, and commented that CodeLite is a similar software. So, I decided to check out CodeLite, and liked it. CodeLite is an open source and cross platform IDE for C/C++ development. CodeLite provides very good debugging capabilities, provides a good UI with features like syntax highlighting and auto complete, and works on Windows, Liux, and Mac.

CodeLite C++ Developer

Here are some of the features of CodeLite:

Debugging capabilities of CodeLite

CodeLite comes with really good debugging features. CodeLite acts as a front-end to debugger, which most of the time is GDB (GNU Source Level Debugger). CodeLite supports following types of debugging:

  • Debug the active Project: Using this option, you can start debugging in the project that is active in your project workspace. You can step through code, use watches, and lot of other debugging utilities.
  • Attach to an Existing Process: If you want to debug an existing process, you can use this option. When you select this option, CodeLite will show you a list of running processes, and you can pick any one of them to start debugging.
  • Quick Debug: This option comes handy if you just have an executable that you want to debug.

C++ Debugging with CodeLite
Debugging features include Watches table, Quick Watch, stack variables, see currently running threads and switch between them, add/remove breakpoints, automatic tooltip, and a view of memory. All these features would come really handy for any professional C/C++ development.

UI Features of CodeLite

When you use CodeLite for the first time, one of the things that you would really like is its UI. The interface is very nicely laid out. On the left, there is Window for your workspace, right side has a file explorer, and center portion is occupied by the code editor. If you want to see output of your program, the Output window is located right below the editor. All these fit really nicely together, and make it easy to swith between different parts of the project.

Here are some of the other features of CodeLite UI:

  • XML based syntax highlighting. This comes with support for C/C++, Java, Perl, XML, Makefile, Lua, Diff files, PHP, JavaScript, Python, HTML, ASP.
  • Advanced code completion that is database based.
  • Outline of active document.
  • Text folding.
  • Advanced Find and Replace

Apart from all the above features, CodeLite also provides support to add external tools and plugins. This can increase the feature set of CodeLite manifold. If you are a C/C++ code developer, you are going to love it!

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Works With: Windows, Linux, Mac
Free/Paid: Free

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