Free Programming Tools / Resources
You can find tools, resources and utilities for a wide variety of programming tasks below.
If you don't see the category of tools you want listed in the index below, please
check out the Miscellaneous Free Programming Tools
page, a catch-all page for everything that does not have its own page. Note that
compilers and interpreters,
source code and libraries
as well as documentation are listed
separately on their own pages.
Help and Documentation
Text and Source Code Handling
Debugging and Binary Code Management
Compiler Construction and Grammars
Other Programming Resources
Other Resources of Interest
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30 April 2015
22 April 2015
16 March 2015
Have you lost the source code for your software? Or do you want to study an executable file to find out how something
works? The newest addition to the Free
Disassemblers and Decompilers can generate a C source file from an existing Windows or Linux binary (executable).
11 February 2015
Another place where open source software can be hosted has been added to the
Free Open Source
Code Project Hosting Services page. If you are writing a program where the source code is available under
an open source licence, such web hosts provide hosting for both your source code and website for free, along with
built-in source code
27 January 2015
17 January 2015
The Clang compiler has been added to the
Free C/C++ Compilers and Interpreters
page. This is an open source compiler, developed primarily by Apple, that compiles C, C++, Objective C and
Objective C++ code.
For those wondering why it took so long for this compiler to be listed here, I honestly thought it was already
listed. Blame an overlong page that has so many compilers that I've forgotten what is listed and what
is not. To date, it links to some 35 free C/C++ compilers, and that's only because I've split off a number of
to their own page.
6 January 2015
Another free program has been added to the
Free Banner Rotation Perl CGI Scripts
page. Such scripts allow you to rotate the banners/pictures that are displayed on your website so that
different ones are shown each time your page is loaded. Webmasters typically use such scripts to rotate advertisements.
14 November 2014
3 October 2014
26 September 2014
2 September 2014
Oracle's Fortran compiler has been added to the
Free Fortran Compilers and Interpreters
page. For those not familiar with Fortran, it is a computer programming language often used to write scientific and numeric
27 August 2014
Two new compilers/interpreters have been added to the
Free APL Compilers and Interpreters
page. For those who don't know what APL is, it is a high level array-oriented programming language sometimes used
to write statistics and scientific programs (among other things).
21 June 2014
18 June 2014
27 May 2014
8 May 2014
- New page:
How to Create and Manage Multiple Pages on Your Website with Dreamweaver CS6.
If your website has more than 1 page, creating and updating multiple pages can be a bit of a chore. For example, what
happens if you want to change your design? Do you have to go through every single page to change it?
This chapter of the
Dreamweaver CS6 tutorial shows you how to use the web editor's built-in facilities to simplify and even automate a lot
of the drudgery of maintaining a multi-page website.
3 April 2014
Are you thinking of creating a smartphone game? The newest game framework to be added to the
Free Games Programming Libraries and Source Code
page lets you create browser-based games for both mobile phones and desktop computers. Now you can create your own
hit game that becomes an overnight sensation like Flappy Birds!
24 March 2014
An open source C/C++ compiler that can create both 64 bit and 32 bit programs for Windows has been added to the
Free C/C++ Compilers and Interpreters page.
Note: C and C++ are general purpose programming languages that let you create your own computer software.
12 March 2014
7 March 2014
Another Prolog compiler has been added to the Free
Prolog Compilers and Interpreters page. For those who are wondering, Prolog is a computer language that is often used
for writing programs that process human languages, as well as for the development of artificial intelligence.
18 February 2014
A new open source video editor has been added to the
Free Video Editors (Software)
page. Check it out if you want to create your own home movie or edit something you've recorded off the air. It has an
impressive array of features, and works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
10 December 2013
Have you ever wanted to paste something that you cut or copied (to the clipboard) earlier, only to realise that you have
copied/cut something else since that time, thus overwriting what you want to use? Would it not be nice to be able to
retrieve what you had copied earlier so that you can paste it? The newest addition to the
Free Clipboard Managers
page will allow you to keep a history of all the things you've cut or copied, view them and paste the item you want.
28 November 2013
29 October 2013
28 October 2013
A new video converter has been added to the
Free Video Converters or Transcoders
page. This program can rip (ie, copy to your computer) unencrypted DVDs and BluRays as well as convert video files
to different formats. For those wondering why you might want to do this, some people do it so that they can view
a show on a different device (eg a tablet computer) or to make it more convenient to handle as a single, smaller file
(instead of, say, a DVD).
21 October 2013
17 October 2013
10 October 2013
Tofrodos 1.7.13 has been released. This is a free
(and open source) program that converts ASCII and Unicode UTF-8 text files from the Windows/DOS format
to the Unix/Linux/Mac OS X format and vice versa.
5 September 2013
25 July 2013
If you are looking for a way to convert your PHP script into a Windows .EXE file, the latest addition to the
Free PHP Compilers: native code, .NET
and Java bytecode compilers page might interest you. As the title suggests, the page also lists compilers that can change
your PHP program into Java and .NET executables. These compilers may be useful if you (say) want to write a program for
the desktop but only know the PHP computer language.
10 July 2013
Are you writing computer programs in the C programming language, and are frustrated that so few compilers incorporate
the latest ANSI C standards, C99 and C11? Well, the newest C compiler to be added to the
Free C and C++ Compilers page supports
all these standards. For those wondering what C is, it is a fairly easy-to-learn language (as far as computer languages go,
since it doesn't have a lot of built-in features) that is nonetheless very powerful.
Another program has been added to the
Free Start Menus for Windows 8
page. For a while there, I thought that the forthcoming Windows 8.1 will make such programs unnecessary, but it looks like
Microsoft is not really bringing back the start menu but simply putting a button on the task bar that will switch to the
start screen. So I guess these programs are still useful for those who find the start screen interface to be less usable
than the start menus of Windows 7 and earlier.