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Is there a free C++ compiler available like Borland C++ version 5?

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We are looking for a C++ compiler that is compatible with Borland C++ version 5 that our introductory programming students can use at home. Borland used to make a version of C++ 5.x available for free but it no longer seems to be findable on the Borland website and they want to sell us C++ Builder which is a great product but not so great for an introduction to the basics of C. (We also want a version that we can legally distribute to our students.)
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by:Axter
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Check out the following link:
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Opps,
For got the link:
http://www.borland.com/bcppbuilder/freecompiler/cppc55steps.html

The above link should let you download the Borland C++ compiler
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by:Axter
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Here's a direct link.

I think you need to do the survey on the previous link, before being able to use the following download:

ftp://ftpd.borland.com/download/bcppbuilder/freecommandLinetools.exe
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by:MadYugoslav
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DJGPP is a complete 32-bit C/C++ development system for Intel 80386 (and higher)
PCs running DOS:
http://www.delorie.com/djgpp/
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by:prashant_n_mhatre
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I'll suggest Dev-C++ - Nice GUI and It's free:
It is a full-featured integrated development environment (IDE), which is able to create Windows or console-based C/C++ programs using the Mingw compiler system (version MSCVRT 2.95.2-1 included with this package), or the Cygwin compiler. It can also handle the Insight Debugger, which you can also download here. - C and C++ compiler for Win32 (Mingw)
- Debugger (GDB or Insight)
- Customizable syntax highlighting
- Powerful multi-window editor with many options
- Work in source file or project mode
- Setup creator
- Create console, windows and DLL programs
- Resource file editing (menu creator...)
- Project Manager, compiler, linker and resource results
- Insert automatically C/C++ codes and statements
- Makefile automatic creation
- 2 different icon sets for menus and toolbars in Dev-C++
- Tool manager
- Templates for creating your own project types
etc.

You may download it at

http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html
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by:KangaRoo
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>> compatible with Borland C++ version 5
Take care, there is a /huge/ diference between BC5.0 and BC5.5! BC5 is about 6 years old and tries to implement some of the fetaures of the then brand new /first/ proposed draft. BC5.5 includes most (not all) of the current C++ standard.

This is rarely noted, but Borland has also released the Turbo Debugger for BC5.5, for free. A must-have :) Its available through the very same channels.

GCC is probably your best bet for portability and availability.

For both compilers nice freeware IDE's are available. DevC++ has been noted, VIDE from objectcentral.com... I think the MingW pages list a couple of IDE's

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by:VandanaManne
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what do you mean by GCC? From where we can download it.
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by:prashant_n_mhatre
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VandanaManne visit:

http://gcc.gnu.org/

For more information.
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by:Axter
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GCC comes with Dev-C++.
As stated above, you can get it at the following link:
http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html 
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Thanks to everyone who contributed - Dan
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