Portable C and C++ Development Kit for x64 Windows (by skeeto)

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  • ideal Programming setup
    Vim, ctags, a good shell, standard unix utilities, and a C toolchain. Add the appropriate reference documentation and I can comfortably build anything. While I prefer Linux, I use this setup even on Windows, where I've packaged it all into a .zip under 50MiB.
  • A good C compiler for Windows ?
    For years nothing quite fit the bill for me, so I put together a Mingw-w64 distribution, w64devkit. There's no installer, no installation, fully offline, just unzip and run. It only has a static runtime, so you'll never to to distribute runtime DLLs. It includes basic unix tools (BusyBox), GNU Make, Vim, and GDB. It still works with Windows 7, but I haven't tried it with XP. If it's not quite what you want, it's easy to tweak the Dockerfile and produce a customized toolchain.
  • Compiled Rogue 5.4.2 on Windows 10 with VS2019
    Download w64devkit.zip. This is my own Mingw-w64 distribution that includes compilers and useful development tools. It doesn't require installation, and you can just delete the unzipped directory when you're done if you don't want to keep it.
  • Anybody worked with C++ on Windows with Vim want to talk about their setup?
    reddit.com/r/vim | 2021-08-27
    I've put a lot of energy into this with my own Windows development kit. It includes basic unix tools (Windows port of BusyBox), Universal Ctags, GNU Make, and Vim. It also includes a Mingw-w64 toolchain, though that part's not so useful for you since you're using the VS toolchain.
  • I need to understand...
    reddit.com/r/gcc | 2021-08-24
  • Is cpp compiling in windows a mess or is it just my head?
    reddit.com/r/cpp | 2021-08-23
    building on the answer of others, if you want to have a look at another distribution of gcc for windows, have a look at w64devkit. I'm mainly a linux/embedded developer, but for the platform-independent projects I have a widows vm setup with this toolchain + cmake and it works
    reddit.com/r/cpp | 2021-08-23
  • Trying to unzip a list of .gz files (Windows 10)
    Download a unix-like environment such as Msys2, Cygwin, or w64devkit (no install needed), then in Desktop/:
  • Frustrating installing Org-Roam on Windows. HELP!
    reddit.com/r/emacs | 2021-08-04
    I used https://github.com/skeeto/w64devkit (I did have issues with this initially; I think I not only added the bin directory to PATH (the one with gcc etc), but also the libexec/.../libgcc path, which has cc1.exe. For some reason it couldn't find it on its own)
  • Compiling C on windows
    I've put quite a bit of effort into streamlining a portable Mingw-w64 distribution for my own use: w64devkit. Unlike MSYS2 or Cygwin it's not a unix-like platform, but it does provide basic Windows-path-aware unix command line utilities to make life a little easier. This might be something you find useful if you're looking to develop native Windows software on Windows.
  • Easiest way to build for Linux/Windows/Mac?
    reddit.com/r/cpp | 2021-07-29
    I suggest to have a look at https://github.com/skeeto/w64devkit/releases Maybe it can help on Windows. Best Regards.
  • How to debug Gvim compiled natively for Windows
    reddit.com/r/vim | 2021-07-23
    I have a pre-boxed solution for you. It's my portable, ready-to-go Windows development distribution which already includes the necessary tools (GCC and GDB): w64devkit. Grab a release (~73MB), unzip anywhere, and double-click w64devkit.exe to bring up a console window. It will be running a unix shell with all the development tools on the PATH. Next grab a Vim tarball and unpack it somewhere:
  • Is there an alternative to compile Rust in Windows without having to have a 6GB SDK along just for the linker?
    reddit.com/r/rust | 2021-05-27
  • Must-haves for new project
    Agreed! Slow tests are disruptive. My current tasking at work is a large, multi-language project broken into separate services. I mostly work on one of the Python services (ugh) where the tests currently take about half an hour. Failures at the very end are frustrating setbacks. I wrote a whole memo about how it should have been a traditional, monolithic application (for Windows and Linux), and I had listed all of my points here as how I would have done it. To support the Windows side, I even maintain an all-in-one development kit that fits all my criteria.
  • GNU GCC compiler on windows using w64devkit instead of mingw


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