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|Developer(s)||Bloodshed Software (Colin Laplace) until 2005, Orwell (Johan Mes) from 2011 to 2020, Embarcadero since 2020|
6.3 / January 30, 2021
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Linux (alpha only)|
|Type||Integrated development environment|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Dev-C++ is a free full-featured integrated development environment (IDE) distributed under the GNU General Public License for programming in C and C++. It was originally developed by Colin Laplace and first released in 1998. It is written in Delphi.
An additional aspect of Dev-C++ is its use of DevPaks: packaged extensions on the programming environment with additional libraries, templates, and utilities. DevPaks often contain, but are not limited to, GUI utilities, including popular toolkits such as GTK+, wxWidgets, and FLTK. Other DevPaks include libraries for more advanced function use. Users of Dev-C++ can download additional libraries, or packages of code that increase the scope and functionality of Dev-C++, such as graphics, compression, animation, sound support and many more. Users can create DevPaks and host them for free on the site. Also, they are not limited to use with Dev-C++ - the site says "A typical devpak will work with any MinGW distribution (with any IDE for MinGW)".
From February 22, 2005 the project was not noticeably active, with no news posted nor any updated versions released. In a 2006 forum post, lead developer Colin Laplace stated that he was busy with real-life issues and did not have time to continue development of Dev-C++. In a 2020 forum post, Orwell lead developer Johan Mes stated that he "will probably still not have any time to work on this project".
There are three forks of Dev-C++ since then: wxDev-C++, the Orwell version, and the Embarcadero-maintained fork version.
wxDev-C++ is a development team that has taken Dev-C++ and added new features such as support for multiple compilers and a RAD designer for wxWidgets applications.
On June 30, 2011 an unofficial version 184.108.40.206 of Dev-C++ was released by Orwell (Johan Mes), an independent programmer, featuring the more recent GCC 4.5.2 compiler, Windows' SDK resources (Win32 and D3D), numerous bugfixes, and improved stability. On August 27, after five years of officially being in a beta stage, version 5.0 was released. This version also has its own separate SourceForge page since version 220.127.116.11, because the old developer isn't responding to combining requests. In July 2014, Orwell Dev-C++ 5.7.1 was released featuring the then recent GCC 4.8.1 which supports C++11.
On July 1, 2020 a new fork version 5.50 of Dev-C++ was sponsored and released by Embarcadero featuring a code upgrade to Delphi 10.4. On October 12, 2020 a new fork version 6.0 of Dev-C++ was sponsored and released by Embarcadero with a more recent GCC 9.2.0 compiler with C++11 and partial C++20 support, new high DPI support, UTF8 file support, upgraded icons, dark theme, and additional changes.
Edited: 2021-06-18 15:17:46