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I was originally going to use CLion because I use JetBrains' Pycharm, however, I came to the realization that it was not free like Pycharm after downloading it.

So, any recommendations? I guess I should mention that I would like it to be free. I realize that I should probably look it up but I feel it would be more beneficial to ask you lovely people.

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  • What platform will it run on?
    – rrirower
    Apr 29 at 18:52
  • @rrirower by platform do you mean OS? If so I plan to run it on windows 10
    – IcoSli
    Apr 29 at 18:55
  • There are many Windows 10 platforms: x86, x86-64, ARM, ARM64... it's not only about the OS
    – phuclv
    Aug 6 at 8:07
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Microsoft's Visual Studio Community is FREE and widely used by many developers. It supports other languages besides C++ and includes an integrated debugger. I've been using it for several years without any issues.

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Eclipse is free and supports many different languages.

For C/C++ development, make sure you download the IDE for C/C++

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Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is an open-source and light IDE for c/c++. It is made by Microsoft. I recommend it because it is easy to use and it doesn't require large space. You just need to install the c/c++ extension after the installation of the visual studio code.

Visual Studio is a great choice but it requires larger space and runs slow on low-end computers.

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Code::Blocks is an excellent free, Open Source IDE for C/C++ and Fortran. It supports multiple tool chains. It runs on Linux, Mac, Windows.

I can strongly recommend it.

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Dev-C++.

As a suggestion, for some it is more convenience not to use an IDE at all. Try Notepad2 + MinGW.

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