Configure Visual Studio Code for Microsoft C++ (2023)

In this tutorial, you will configure Visual Studio Code to use the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler and debugger on Windows.

After setting up VS Code, you'll compile and debug a simple Hello World program in VS Code. This tutorial does not teach details about the Microsoft C++ toolset or the C++ language. For these topics, there are many good resources available on the web.

If you run into any issues, feel free to submit an issue for this tutorial atVS Code documentation repository.

previous requirements

To successfully complete this tutorial, you must do the following:

  1. installvisual studio code.

  2. install theC/C++ Extension for VS Code. You can install the C/C++ extension by searching for 'c++' in the Extensions view (⇧⌘X(Windows,LinuxCtrl+Shift+X)).

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  3. Install the Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler (MSVC) toolset.

    If you have a recent version of Visual Studio, open the Visual Studio installer from the Windows Start menu and make sure the C++ workload is checked. If it is not installed, check the box and select theModifybutton in the installer.

    You can also installDesktop development with C++workload without a full installation of the Visual Studio IDE. From Visual Studiodownloadspage, scroll down until you seeTools for Visual StudioUnder theall downloadssection and select download toBuild tools for Visual Studio 2022.

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    This will launch the Visual Studio installer, which will open a dialog showing the available Visual Studio Build Tools workloads. Check theDesktop development with C++workload and selectinstall.

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To use: You can use the Visual Studio Build Tools C++ toolset along with Visual Studio Code to compile, compile, and verify any C++ codebase as long as you also have a valid Visual Studio license (Community, Pro, or Enterprise) . actively using to develop this C++ code base.

Check your Microsoft Visual C++ installation

To use MSVC from a command line or VS Code, you must run from aVisual Studio Developer Command Prompt. A common shell such as PowerShell, Bash or Windows Command Prompt does not have the necessary path environment variables set.

To open Developer Command Prompt for VS, start typing 'developer' in the Windows start menu and you should see it in the list of suggestions. The exact name depends on the version of Visual Studio or the Visual Studio build tools you have installed. Select the item to open the notice.

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You can prove that you have the C++ compiler,cl.exe, it was successfully installed by typing 'cl' and you will see a copyright message with the version and basic usage description.

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If the developer command prompt is using the BuildTools location as its home directory (you don't want to put projects there), navigate to the user's folder (C:\users\{your username}\) before starting to create new projects.

To use: If for some reason you cannot run VS Code from aDeveloper Command Prompt, you can find a workaround for creating C++ projects with VS Code atRun VS Code outside of a developer command prompt.

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Create Hello World

In the developer command prompt, create an empty folder called "projects" where you can store all your VS Code projects, create a subfolder called "helloworld", navigate to it and open VS Code (code) in that folder (.) by typing the following commands:

mkdirProjectscdProjectsmkdirHello WorldcdHello Worldcode

The code ." command opens VS Code in your current working folder, which becomes your "workspace". As you progress through the tutorial, you'll see three files created in one.vscodefolder in workspace:

  • tasks.json(building instructions)
  • release.json(debugger settings)
  • c_cpp_properties.json(compiler path and IntelliSense settings)

Add a source code file

In the File Explorer title bar, select thenew filebutton and file namehelloworld.cpp.

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Add hello world source code

Now paste this source code:

#include <iostream>#include <vector>#include <string>using namespace standard;E T director(){array<string> message {"Hello","C++","World","of","VS-Code","and the C++ extension!"}; for(constantstring and word:message){cout << word <<" ";}cout << endl;}

now press⌘S(Windows,LinuxControle + S)to save the file. Notice how the file you just added appears in thefile browservista (⇧⌘E(Windows,LinuxCtrl+Mayus+E)) na barra lateral do VS Code:

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You can also enableautosaveto automatically save changes to your file by checkingautosavein generalFilemenu.

The activity bar on the far left lets you open different views, such asTo search for,source of control, youRun. you will look at theRunsee later in this tutorial. You can find more information about the other views on VS CodeUser Interface Documentation.

To use– When saving or opening a C++ file, you may see a notification from the C/C++ extension about the availability of an Insiders build, which allows you to test new features and fixes. You can ignore this notification by selecting thex(Clear Notification).

Explore IntelliSense

in your newhelloworld.cppfile, hover overvectorochainto see the type of information. After the declaration ofmessagevariable, start typingmessagejust as you would when calling a member function. You should immediately see a complete list showing all member functions and a window showing the type information for themessageobject:

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You can press the buttoneyelashkey to insert the selected member; then when you add the opening parenthesis you will see information about the arguments the function requires.

Execute helloworld.cpp

Remember, the C++ extension uses the C++ compiler you have installed on your machine to build your program. Make sure you have a C++ compiler installed before trying to run and debughelloworld.cppnot VS Code.

  1. Openhelloworld.cppto make it the active file.

  2. Hit the play button in the top right corner of the editor.

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  3. To chooseC/C++: active compilation and debug file cl.exefrom the list of compilers detected on your system.

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You will only be asked to choose a compiler the first time you runhelloworld.cpp. This compiler will be set as the "default" compiler intasks.jsonfile.

  1. After the compilation is successful, the output of your program will appear in the embedterminal.

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If you get an error when trying to compile and debug with cl.exe, make sure you havestarted VS Code from developer command prompt for Visual Studiousing thecodeshortcut.

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The first time you run your program, the C++ extension createstasks.json, which you will find in your project.vscodefile.tasks.jsonstores build settings.

your newtasks.jsonThe file should look similar to the JSON below:

{ "version":"2.0.0", "tasks": [{ "type":"concha", "label":"C/C++: active build file cl.exe", "domain":"cl.exe", "arguments": [ "/Day", "/EHsc", "/Fe:", "${fileDirname}\\${baseFileNameWithoutExtension}.exe", "${file}"], "matching issues": ["$msCompile"], "group": { "kind":"build", "is standard":TRUE}, "detail":"Task generated by the debugger."}]}

To use: You can get more information abouttasks.jsonvariable invariable reference.

Hedomainthe configuration specifies the program to run; in this case it is "cl.exe". Heargumentsarray specifies the command line arguments to be passed to cl.exe. These arguments must be specified in the order expected by the compiler.

This task tells the C++ compiler to get the active file (${file}), compile it and create an executable file (/Fe:change) in the current directory (${archivoDirname}) with the same name as the active file, but with the extension.exeextension (${fileBasenameNoExtension}.exe), resulting inholamundo.exefor our example.

Helabelthe value is what you will see in the task list; you can name it whatever you like.

Hedetailthe value is what you want as the task description in the task list. We recommend renaming this value to differentiate it from similar tasks.

Hetroubleshootervalue selects the output parser to use to check the compiler output for errors and warnings. For cl.exe, you will get the best results if you use the$msCompileproblem matches.

From now on, the play button will read fromtasks.jsonto find out how to build and run your program. You can define multiple build tasks intasks.json, and all tasks marked as default will be used by the play button. In case you need to change the default compiler, you can runTasks: Set the default build task. Alternatively, you can modify thetasks.jsonfile and remove the default value by replacing this segment:

 "group": { "kind":"build", "is standard":TRUE},

like this:


Modificando tasks.json

you can modify yourtasks.jsonto build multiple C++ files using an argument like"${workspace folder}/*.cpp"rather than${file}.that will build everything.cppfiles in your current folder. You can also modify the output file name by replacing"${fileDirname}\\${fileBasenameNoExtension}.exe"with an encoded filename (for example"${workspace folder}\\myProgram.exe").

Depurar helloworld.cpp

  1. Back tohelloworld.cppto make it the active file.
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  3. From the drop-down menu next to the play button, selectC/C++ debug file.Configure Visual Studio Code for Microsoft C++ (14)Configure Visual Studio Code for Microsoft C++ (15)
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The play button has two modes:Run C/C++ fileyC/C++ debug file. The default will be the last used mode. If you see the debug icon on the play button, just click the play button to debug instead of selecting the dropdown menu item.Configure Visual Studio Code for Microsoft C++ (17)

If you get an error when trying to compile and debug with cl.exe, make sure you havestarted VS Code from developer command prompt for Visual Studiousing thecodeshortcut.

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explore the debugger

Before we start stepping through the code, let's look at a few UI changes:

  • The Embedded Terminal appears at the bottom of the source code editor. At thedebug outputtab, you will see output indicating that the debugger is working.

  • The editor highlights the line where you set a breakpoint before starting the debugger:

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  • Herun and debugThe display on the left shows debugging information. You'll see an example later in the tutorial.

  • At the top of the code editor, a debug dashboard appears. You can move it around the screen by holding the dots on the left side.

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step through the code

You are now ready to start stepping through the code.

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  1. Click or press the buttonwent overicon in the debug control panel.

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    This will advance program execution to the first line of the for loop and skip all internal function calls within the loop.vectorychainClasses that are called when themessagethe variable is created and initialized. Notice the change inVariablesleft window.

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    In this case, errors are to be expected because even though the loop variable names are now visible to the debugger, the statement has not yet been executed, so there is nothing to read at this point. the content ofmessagethey are visible, however, because that statement has completed.

  2. Presswent overagain to advance to the next statement in this program (skipping all the internal code that runs to initialize the loop). now heVariableswindow displays information about loop variables.

  3. Presswent overagain to run thecoutdeclaration. (Note that as of the March 2019 release, the C++ extension does not print any output to thedebug consoleuntil the loop exits.)

  4. If you want, you can keep pressingwent overuntil all the words in the array have been printed to the console. But if you're curious, try pressing the buttonEnter intobutton for stepping through the source code in the C++ Standard Library.

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    To get back to your own code, one way is to keep pressingwent over. Another way is to set a breakpoint in your code, switching to thehelloworld.cppguide in the code editor, placing the insertion point somewhere in thecoutstatement inside the loop and pressingF9. A red dot appears on the left gutter to indicate that a breakpoint has been set on this line.

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    then pressF5to start execution from the current line in the standard library header. Execution will stopcout. If you want, you can pressF9again to disable the breakpoint.

set a clock

Sometimes you may want to keep track of the value of a variable as your program runs. You can do this by defining ato lookin variable.

  1. Place the insertion point inside the loop. At theTo lookwindow, select the plus sign, and in the text box, typeword, which is the name of the loop variable. Now watch the Watch window as you step through the loop.

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  2. Add another watch by adding this statement before the loop:int i = 0;. Then inside the loop add this statement:++eu;. Now add a clock toeuas you did in the previous step.

  3. To quickly see the value of any variable while execution is paused at a breakpoint, you can hover your mouse pointer over it.

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Customize debugging with launch.json

When you debug with the play button orF5, the C++ extension creates a dynamic real-time debugging setup.

There are cases where you would like to customize your debug configuration, such as specifying arguments to pass to the program at runtime. You can define custom debug settings in arelease.jsonfile.

To createrelease.json, to chooseAdd debug configurationin the play button drop-down menu.

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You'll see a dropdown menu for several predefined debug configurations. To chooseC/C++: active compilation and debug file cl.exe.

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VS Code creates arelease.jsonfile, which looks like this:

{ "version":"0.2.0", "settings": [{ "name":"C/C++: active compilation and debug file cl.exe", "type":"cppvsdbg", "order":"to throw", "program":"${fileDirname}\\${baseFileNameWithoutExtension}.exe", "arguments": [], "stop at the entrance":FALSE, "cwd":"${workspace folder}", "environment": [], "external console":FALSE, "pre-launch task":"C/C++: active build file cl.exe"}]}

In the JSON above,programspecifies the program you want to debug. Here it is set to the active file folder (${archivoDirname}) and name of the active file with the.exeextension (${fileBasenameNoExtension}.exe), Yeshelloworld.cppis the active file will beholamundo.exe. HeargumentsThe property is an array of arguments to be passed to the program at runtime.

By default, the C++ extension will not add any breakpoints to your source code and thestop at the entrancethe value is defined asFALSE.

Change thestop at the entrancevalor aTRUEto make the debugger stop atdirectormethod when you start debugging.

From now on, the play button andF5will read from yourrelease.jsonfile when starting your program for debugging.

C/C++ Settings

If you want more control over the C/C++ extension, you can create ac_cpp_properties.jsonfile, which will allow you to change settings like compiler path, include paths, standard C++ (default is C++17), and more.

You can view the C/C++ configuration UI by running the commandC/C++: Edit Settings (UI)from the command palette (⇧⌘P(Windows,LinuxCtrl+Shift+P)).

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This opens theC/C++ Settingspage. When you make changes here, VS Code writes them to a file calledc_cpp_properties.jsonno.vscodefile.

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Visual Studio Code puts this setting in.vscode\c_cpp_properties.json. If you open this file directly, it should look like this:

{ "settings": [{ "name":"Win32", "include Route": ["${workspace folder}/**"], "define": ["_DEBUG","UNICODE","_UNICODE"], "windowsSdkVersion":"10.0.18362.0", "compiler path":"C:/Archivos de programa (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2019/BuildTools/VC/Tools/MSVC/14.24.28314/bin/Hostx64/x64/cl.exe", "cDefault":"c11", "cppStandard":"c++17", "intelliSense mode":"msvc-x64"}], "version":4}

You just need to add toinclude patharray configuration if your program includes header files that are not in your workspace or default library path.

compiler path

Hecompiler pathSettings is an important setting in your setup. The extension uses it to infer the path to the C++ Standard Library header files. When the extension knows where to find these files, it can provide useful features like smart completions andGo to Definitionnavigation.

The C/C++ extension tries to populatecompiler pathwith the default compiler location based on what it finds on your system. The extension looks in several common compiler locations.

Hecompiler pathsearch order is:

  • First check the Microsoft Visual C++Ope compiler
  • Em seguida, procure g++ no Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
  • So g++ for Mingw-w64.

If you have g++ or WSL installed, you may need to changecompiler pathto match the preferred compiler for your project. For Microsoft C++, the path should look like this depending on the specific version you have installed: "C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2017/BuildTools/VC/Tools/MSVC/14.16.27023/bin /Hostx64/ x64/cl.exe".

Reusing your C++ configuration

VS Code is now configured to use the Microsoft C++ compiler. Settings are applied to the current workspace. To reuse the configuration, just copy the JSON files to a.vscodefolder into a new project folder (workspace) and rename the source and executable files as needed.

Run VS Code outside developer command prompt

Under certain circumstances it is not possible to run VS Code fromVisual Studio Developer Command Prompt(for example, in Remote Development scenarios via SSH). In that case, you can automate the startup of theVisual Studio Developer Command Promptduring compilation using the followingtasks.jsoncontext:

{ "version":"2.0.0", "windows": { "options": { "concha": { "executable":"cmd.exe", "arguments": [ "/C", // The path to VsDevCmd.bat depends on the version of Visual Studio you have installed. "\"C:/Archivos de programa (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2019/Community/Common7/Tools/VsDevCmd.bat\"", "&&"]}}}, "tasks": [{ "type":"concha", "label":"active build file cl.exe", "domain":"cl.exe", "arguments": [ "/Day", "/EHsc", "/Fe:", "${fileDirname}\\${baseFileNameWithoutExtension}.exe", "${file}"], "matching issues": ["$msCompile"], "group": { "kind":"build", "is standard":TRUE}}]}

To use: The way forVsDevCmd.batmay differ depending on the Visual Studio version or installation path. You can find your way toVsDevCmd.batopening a command prompt and runningdirectory "\VsDevCmd*" /s.

Problems solution

The term 'cl.exe' is not recognized

If you see the error "The term 'cl.exe' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or executable program", this usually means you are running VS Code outside of aVisual Studio Developer Command Promptand VS Code doesn't know the path to thecl.execompiler.

VS Code must be launched from the developer command prompt for Visual Studio or the task must be set torun outside of a developer command prompt.

You can always verify that you're running VS Code in the context of the Developer Command Prompt by opening a new Terminal (⌃⇧`(Windows,LinuxCtrl+Shift+`)) and typing 'cl' to checkcl.exeis available for VS Code.

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fatal error C1034: assert.h: does not include defined path

In this case,cl.exeis available for VS Code through thePATHenvironment variable but VS Code still needs to be started from theVisual Studio Developer Command Prompt, or be set torun outside developer command prompt. On the contrary,cl.exedoesn't have access to important environment variables likeINCLUDE.

Next steps

  • Explore oVS Code User Guide.
  • Check aC++ extension overview.
  • Create a new workspace, copy your.vscodeJSON, adjust the necessary settings for the new workspace path, program name, etc. and start coding!



How to set up VS Code for C C++? ›

Next steps
  1. Explore the VS Code User Guide.
  2. Review the Overview of the C++ extension.
  3. Create a new workspace, copy your .vscode JSON files to it, adjust the necessary settings for the new workspace path, program name, and so on, and start coding!

How do I configure code in Visual Studio Code? ›

Set up Visual Studio Code
  1. Download and install VS Code.
  2. Create a new file.
  3. See an overview of the user interface.
  4. Install support for your favorite programming language.
  5. Change your keyboard shortcuts and easily migrate from other editors using keymap extensions.
  6. Customize your editor with themes.

How to set C++ 17 in Visual Studio Code? ›

  1. Ctrl + Shift + P then select C/C++:Edit Configurations (JSON)
  2. Adjust the content for cStandard and cppStandard : "cStandard": "gnu17", "cppStandard": "gnu++17",
Mar 21, 2018

Which workloads should I install Visual Studio for C++? ›

For core C and C++ support, choose the "Desktop development with C++" workload. It comes with the default core editor, which includes basic code editing support for over 20 languages, the ability to open and edit code from any folder without requiring a project, and integrated source code control.

What do I need to run C++ in VS Code? ›

For running C or C++ code, you just need to have a valid C/C++ compiler installed on your computer. If you are using a Linux operating system, then there is a high chance that it is already installed on your system.

What's the difference between Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code? ›

Visual Studio is an Integrated Development Environment, also known as an IDE. Visual Studio Code is a code editor. A developer can easily edit their code. VS is slower when it comes to performing across different platforms.

How do I select a configuration code in Visual Studio? ›

Go to the Debug Panel by pressing "Ctrl+Shift+D". On the Debug tab, press on the configuration button and select C/C++ (Windows). You can add more configurations by pressing on the "Add Configuration" Button at the bottom right and selecting again C/C++ Windows (Launch).

Can we run C++ in Visual Studio Code? ›

C/C++ support for Visual Studio Code is provided by a Microsoft C/C++ extension to enable cross-platform C and C++ development on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

How to use Visual Studio for C++? ›

To create a C++ project in Visual Studio
  1. From the main menu, choose File > New > Project to open the Create a New Project dialog box.
  2. At the top of the dialog, set Language to C++, set Platform to Windows, and set Project type to Console.
  3. From the filtered list of project types, choose Console App then choose Next.
Oct 28, 2021

What is the difference between C++ and Visual C++? ›

Key Differences Between C++ and Visual C++

C++ is an object-oriented programming language, whereas Visual C++ is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and compiler for C and C++ language. In C++, a compiler translates the C++ program code into machine code which computers can understand and execute the same.

What version of C++ does Visual Studio use? ›

Visual C++ 2022 (also known as Visual C++ 14.30) was released on November 8, 2021.

What IDE do most companies use C++? ›

Top C++ IDEs in 2021
  1. Visual Studio. Visual Studio is a full-featured C++ IDE that allows developers to build C++ and C# apps. ...
  2. Eclipse. Eclipse is a popular open-source IDE that you can use to develop C++ applications using Eclipse's C/C++ development tools. ...
  3. NetBeans. ...
  4. Visual Studio Code. ...
  5. Code::Blocks.
May 19, 2020

How to install C++ in VS Code? ›

Install the C/C++ extension for VS Code. You can install the C/C++ extension by searching for 'c++' in the Extensions view (Ctrl+Shift+X). Get the latest version of Mingw-w64 via MSYS2, which provides up-to-date native builds of GCC, Mingw-w64, and other helpful C++ tools and libraries.

Is Visual Studio good for C++ beginners? ›

Visual Studio is closely integrated with the Visual C++ compiler, which makes it easy to build and debug your C++ applications. Near the top of the IDE inside the standard toolbar, there are dropdowns where you can change your build configuration and architecture. You can also easily add more configurations, as needed.

What software do I need to code in C++? ›

Use MSBuild with the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler or a 3rd party toolset like CMake with Clang or mingw to build and debug your code right in the IDE. Benefit from a first-class CMake experience.

Can all C programs run in C++? ›

Oracle Developer Studio C and C++ compilers use compatible headers, and use the same C runtime library. They are fully compatible.

What are the requirements for C++ programming? ›

To start using C++, you need two things:
  • A text editor, like Notepad, to write C++ code.
  • A compiler, like GCC, to translate the C++ code into a language that the computer will understand.

What are the disadvantages of Visual Studio Code? ›

Cons: one potential drawback could be its relatively high system requirements compared to some other lightweight text editors. Running Visual Studio Code on low-spec hardware or older machines may result in slower performance or lagging, especially when working with large files or complex projects.

What is the difference between Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code for C++? ›

“Visual Studio” and “Visual Studio Code” are not the same thing. Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) and Visual Studio Code is a rich text editor like Sublime Text and Atom.

What is better than VS Code? ›

Atom, Visual Studio, Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and WebStorm are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Visual Studio Code.

How do I run configuration in Visual Studio? ›

Open the Configuration Manager dialog box. In the Active solution configuration drop-down list, select the configuration you want. In the Project contexts pane, for every project, select the Configuration and Platform you want, and select whether to Build it and whether to Deploy it.

What is Visual Studio configuration? ›

Projects in Visual Studio can support multiple configurations that can be built, debugged, run, and/or deployed. A configuration is a build type described with a named set of properties, typically compiler switches and file locations. By default, new solutions contain two configurations, Debug and Release.

What do you mean by configuration? ›

Generally, a configuration is the arrangement - or the process of making the arrangement - of the parts that make up a whole.

Is Microsoft Visual C++ part of Visual Studio? ›

Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC) refers to the C++, C, and assembly language development tools and libraries available as part of Visual Studio on Windows.

Where is Visual Studio C++ compiler? ›

In Visual Studio

In the left pane, select Configuration Properties, C/C++ and then choose the compiler option category. The topic for each compiler option describes how it can be set and where it is found in the development environment. For more information and a complete list of options, see MSVC compiler options.

Do I need a lot of Microsoft Visual C++? ›

Without them, you may have difficulty using certain programs and troubleshooting other operational problems. Additionally, you may have difficulty installing new programs as well. For example, some programs may require Visual C++ components, which means that if you uninstall them, the programs won't install correctly.

Do I need all of the Microsoft Visual C++? ›

When you install a program that requires a specific version of Microsoft Visual C++, it will automatically install it first before installing the program. I wouldn't advise you to delete or uninstall any of those as we are not sure of what programs are using them.

Is Visual C++ still being used? ›

C++ is still in great demand in 2022 due to its exceptional dependability, performance, and scalability. Video game development is one of the most notable uses of C++. Unity Engine, PhyreEngine, and Unreal are all C++-based engines used by several prominent video game companies.

Is Visual Studio C++ good? ›

Visual Studio

Visual Studio is the most popular choice for good reasons: this mature tool is cross-platform, supports many programming languages, and is packed with an incredible array of features.

What is the easiest IDE to use for C++? ›

Best IDE for C++
  1. Dev-C++ It is an IDE for developers who are beginners in C++. ...
  2. Visual Studio Code. It's a cross-platform and an open-source editor provided by Microsoft. ...
  3. Code::Blocks. Codeblocks is a free and open-source IDE for building C++ programs. ...
  4. CLion. ...
  5. CodeLite. ...
  6. QTCreator. ...
  7. Eclipse. ...
  8. C++ Builder.
Apr 11, 2023

Which country has the best C++ programmers? ›

For C++ programmers, countries like France, Russia, Italy, Hungary, and Switzerland have the best performance.

How to install C++ IDE in Windows 10? ›

How to Download and Install Dev C++ on Windows
  1. Click on save button to save. By default, it is saved in “Downloads” folder.
  2. After the download completes, go to the saved .exe file and click on it to Run.
  3. The installer will ask you a language to select. Select “English” and click on “OK”.
Mar 18, 2023

What is the command to install C++ compiler? ›

Apply the command pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc to install the compilers. ⚠️ If you are using a 32 bit operating system, then you have to apply the command pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-gcc in your 32 bit terminal. Wait for a little while. Type Y or y and press the enter key if you get the installation prompts.

How to install programming language in Visual Studio? ›

Modify language packs
  1. Choose the Language packs tab in the Visual Studio Installer.
  2. Select the language you prefer.
  3. Follow the prompts.
Nov 23, 2022

Is C++ too hard for beginners? ›

C++ is hard to learn because of its multi-paradigm nature and more advanced syntax. While it's known to be especially difficult for beginners to learn, it's also difficult for programmers with no experience with low-level languages.

Should a beginner use VS Code? ›

It's not an IDE (integrated development environment) and so I don't recommend it for beginners. Now I brought this up a while ago and some people get really mad when I say it. And sure, 'IDE' is not that well defined of a term and yes, Visual Studio Code has many plugins that may make it more 'IDE' like.

What is the easiest programming language for Visual Studio? ›

JavaScript is a first-class language in Visual Studio. You can use most or all of the standard editing aids (code snippets, IntelliSense, and so on) when you write JavaScript code in the Visual Studio IDE.

How to use C and C++ in Visual Studio? ›

Download & Install the C/C++ Extension

We need to click on the extension button that displays a sidebar for downloading and installing the C/C++ extension in the visual studio code. In the sidebar, type C Extension. In this image, click on the Install button to install the C/C++ extension.

How to enable C++ 20 in VS Code? ›

cpp program is using C++20 we need to configure our compiler to also use C++20. Now we need to select the main. cpp file and click on Terminal from the VS Code menu then click on Run Task. A popup will display with the C/C++:g++.exe compiler we configured.

How to compile C code? ›

How to Compile C Program in Command Prompt?
  1. Run the command 'gcc -v' to check if you have a compiler installed. If not you need to download a gcc compiler and install it. ...
  2. Change the working directory to where you have your C program. ...
  3. The next step is to compile the program. ...
  4. In the next step, we can run the program.
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How to use Visual Studio for cpp? ›

To create a C++ project in Visual Studio
  1. From the main menu, choose File > New > Project to open the Create a New Project dialog box.
  2. At the top of the dialog, set Language to C++, set Platform to Windows, and set Project type to Console.
  3. From the filtered list of project types, choose Console App then choose Next.
Oct 28, 2021

Can you run C++ with Visual Studio Code? ›

C/C++ support for Visual Studio Code is provided by a Microsoft C/C++ extension to enable cross-platform C and C++ development on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Does Visual Studio have a C++ compiler? ›

Support for every codebase

Use MSBuild with the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler or a 3rd party toolset like CMake with Clang or mingw to build and debug your code right in the IDE. Benefit from a first-class CMake experience.

How do I choose a C++ version in VS Code? ›

Select Extension Settings . Now click in the search bar (sometimes it makes you click twice before you can type without replacing the extension filter) and type cppStandard . From here, you should see two options, one for Cpp Standard, and one for C Standard. Change Cpp Standard to your desired version.

How do I select C++ version in Visual Studio? ›

To set this compiler option in the Visual Studio development environment. Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For more information, see Set C++ compiler and build properties in Visual Studio. Select the Configuration Properties > C/C++ > Language property page.

How do I use C++20 in Visual Studio? ›

Right-click on the project name in the Solution Explorer and select "Properties." In the Properties window, select the "General" tab. In the "General" tab, locate the "C++ Language Standard" option and select "ISO C++20 Standard (/std:c++20)" from the dropdown menu. Click "Apply" and then "OK" to save the changes.

Which software is used for C programming? ›

Dev-C++ It's a full-featured IDE for the C and C++ programming languages. It compiles with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) MinGW port or any other GCC compiler. It can be used to develop software on the Windows operating system.

What are the 4 stages of compiling C program? ›

Compilation process in C involves four steps: pre-processing, compiling, assembling, and linking.

How to compile code in Visual Studio? ›

Build and run your code in Visual Studio
  1. To build your project, choose Build Solution from the Build menu. The Output window shows the results of the build process.
  2. To run the code, on the menu bar, choose Debug, Start without debugging. A console window opens and then runs your app.
Oct 24, 2021

How compile and run cpp in Visual Studio Code? ›

  1. In VsCode, Go to File > Preference > Setting.
  2. In the User tab on the left panel, find the extensions section.
  3. Scroll and find 'Run Code Configuration'
  4. Scroll and find a checkbox Run in Terminal (Whether to run code in Integrated Terminal) Check the box.
Oct 7, 2019

How to install redistributable packages in Visual C++? ›

Go to the Latest supported Visual C++ Redistributable downloads page.
  1. Redistributable files and licensing. ...
  2. Locate the redistributable files. ...
  3. Install the redistributable packages. ...
  4. Install the redistributable merge modules. ...
  5. Install individual redistributable files. ...
  6. Potential run-time errors. ...
  7. Related articles.
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