Author Topic: Why does Pelles IDE have such a low profile on the web? /Introducing myself  (Read 10811 times)

Offline Tom

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I became acquainted with Pelles work by simply googling "C ide for windows".
Visual studio is kinda nice for C++ and such work in windows side, but its C-support has always been something of a bastard child.

Pelles C seems to be filling a lovely niche for me, when it comes to using pure C ( unlike the god-knows what subset enforced by visual studio ) in conjunction with learning more about x86/64 assembly.

It's light-weight, a bit quirky, but simple, non-bloated, rather simple to use and free.
What's there not to like?

I think the current situation is a matter of timing, kinda....
These days, most programmers start and end at highest level languages, never bothering to stop at C, let alone assembly, especially in windows side.

The niche is always alive and well, but in the grand scheme of things, IDE like this has a hard time attracting mainstream appeal.
I think the whole compiler/ide/assembler package is amazing for what it is, but try explaining it to a "modern" programmer.  :-\

Overall, a lovely IDE for windows side.
It's currently my primary lower-than-c++ developing environment.

Offline Arturo Mascorro García

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Re: Why does Pelles IDE have such a low profile on the web? /Introducing myself
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2021, 07:59:11 am »
I found the next reference to Pelles C compiler in Book:

Beginning C, From Beginner to Pro 6th ed, Apress 2020
ISBN 978-1-4842-5975-7e-ISBN 978-1-4842-5976-4
© German Gonzalez-Morris and Ivor Horton 2020

What You Need to Use This Book
"To use this book, you’ll need a computer with a C compiler and library installed, so you can execute the examples, and a program text editor for preparing your source code files. The compiler you use should provide good support for the current international standard for the C language, C17 (ISO/IEC 9899:2018), which is a bug fix version for C11, commonly referred to as C17 or C18. You’ll also need an editor for creating and modifying your code. You can use any plain text editor such as Notepad or vi to create your source program files. However, you’ll get along better if your editor is designed for editing C code.

I can suggest two sources for a suitable C compiler, both of which are freeware:
The GNU C compiler, GCC, is available from and supports a variety of operating system environments.

The Pelles C compiler for Microsoft Windows is downloadable from and includes an excellent integrated development environment (IDE)."

...Long life to Pelles C!

Merry christmas