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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16 January 2017
29 December 2016
28 December 2016
21 December 2016
15 December 2016
A fork (ie, spin-off) of the Open Watcom C/C++ project has been added to the
Free C/C++ Compilers and Interpreters
page. Like the original, this compiler generates code for Windows (16 bits, 32 bits and 64 bits),
Linux (32 and 64 bits), OS/2 and MSDOS. (I assume the fork is because the original Open Watcom project appears to
14 December 2016
8 December 2016
6 December 2016
A new open source forum software has been added to the
Free PHP Forum Scripts page.
If you are thinking of adding a discussion board to
your own website,
where your visitors can chat with each other, take a look at the software listed here for some options.
1 December 2016
A modern open source elliptic curve public key encryption program has been added to the
Free Encryption / Cryptographic Software
page. Such programs are usually used to encrypt email. For those who are not interested in encrypting email,
the page also lists other types of encryption programs, such as those that can secure your hard disk so
that even if (say) your computer is stolen, your customer data, credit card numbers, online passwords, etc, will
(hopefully) be unreadable to the thieves.
29 November 2016
24 November 2016
21 November 2016
A new program has been added to the
Free PHP Encoders, Accelerators and Obfuscators
page. This one is a PHP obfuscator that takes your PHP source code and changes it so that it is hard to understand
and modify. Since PHP code is distributed in its source form, such software is useful if you don't want others to be
able to easily read and change it.
18 November 2016
A free video editor that lets you cut and trim pieces from a video file without causing it to be
re-encoded (with the potential degradation in quality) has been added to the
Free Video Editors page.
16 November 2016
11 November 2016
Another assembler for Windows and DOS has been added to the
Free Assemblers and Linkers page.
For those who are wondering what "assemblers" are, these are software that computer programmers use to translate
a program written in assembly language into a form that can be run on a computer. (Note that if you are a beginner
wanting to learn to write computer programs, you will be better off starting with
BASIC or one of the
other high level languages.)
10 November 2016
Exciting news: the free versions of the PowerBasic compilers have been added to the
Free BASIC Compilers and Interpreters
page, along with a rapid application GUI designer (also free) that allows you to create dialog boxes for your
programs the easy way. These are actually full, earlier versions of the commercial compilers (only one major version behind
the currently sold one) with a huge list of features. They generate native code executables for Windows that
are small and fast. If you want to write computer programs in BASIC (be they games or applications), give these
8 November 2016
1 November 2016
A new clipboard manager has been added to the
Free Clipboard History Managers
and Extenders page. This one features multiple clipboards (up to 10,000) while allowing you to organize them,
assign your own hotkeys to invoke it, an autocomplete feature, a screenshot tool and even a password manager.
17 October 2016
13 October 2016
27 September 2016
17 August 2016
5 August 2016
Another open source program has been added to the
Free Text Search and Replace Utilities
page. Such software can look for pieces of text and replace them with others, and do this across multiple files located
in different directories. (They are handy things for webmasters and programmers to have.) This new addition is a graphical tool
(ie, not a command line one) and works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and probably others.
27 July 2016
Another online malware scanner has been added to the
Free Antivirus Software and
Online Virus Scanners page. This one is from Google, and it allows you to scan files that you have downloaded
to your system as well as URLs (web addresses) using multiple antivirus software in one go. No installation needed.
27 June 2016
9 June 2016
New wizard: Free Mobile-Friendly Two Column Layout Wizard.
Create a mobile-friendly two column website layout in 2 steps with this brand new
Two Column Layout Wizard.
There's no need to burn the midnight oil trying to get your CSS code to work, or to increase your crop of
grey hair worrying about how to get your site to be mobile-friendly. Everything is done for you by the wizard.
The complete HTML and CSS code for your page is provided to you free of charge and you can tinker with it
all you want. Oh, and did I mention that it's free?
2 June 2016
Another RSS/Atom news feed software has been added to the
Free Standalone News Feed Readers
page. This one does the usual thing of allowing you to keep up-to-date with your website news, but also comes with the
built-in ability to block ads, enable/disable images, click-to-play Flash, etc. It runs on Windows, Mac OS/X, Linux,
FreeBSD and OS/2 (yes, OS/2). There's also a portable Windows version.
20 May 2016
6 May 2016
The Feedback / Contact Form Wizard
has been updated. In addition to the standard name, email and message fields, you can now ask your visitors for their
telephone number and mailing address in separate fields if you wish. And yes, it's free!
19 April 2016
22 March 2016
- New page:
Free Royalty-Free Stock Photos.
Get free photos to accompany your blog posts, to spruce up your Powerpoint presentations, to decorate your website, etc.
These beautiful stock photos come royalty-free and cover a huge range of subjects, including scenery, animals, people, buildings,
inanimate objects and so on.
15 March 2016
18 February 2016
A new program has been added to the
Free Version Control Software
page. This one not only lets you manage multiple different versions of your files (be it programming source code, website pages,
documents, etc), but it also comes with a built-in bug tracker, wiki, and optional web server, all in a single self-contained
executable. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and OpenBSD.
Get free SSL certificates for all your websites with this latest addition to the
Free SSL Certificates for Websites/Web Servers
page. (For those who didn't understand the previous sentence, with such a certificate, your site can be
accessed with "https" instead of just "http". More details about what this means can be found
on the page itself.)