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GnuCOBOL (formerly OpenCOBOL)

A free COBOL compiler

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GnuCOBOL (formerly OpenCOBOL) is a free COBOL compiler. cobc translates COBOL to executable using intermediate C sources, providing full access to nearly all C libraries.

OpenCOBOL 1.1 continued on as GNU Cobol 1.1. Officially posted to ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnucobol, also available here.

GnuCOBOL 2.0 is on its way to a pre-release.

A superb manual by Gary Cutler, along with a FAQ / How-To, and other documentation is indexed at http://opencobol.add1tocobol.com/guides

OpenCOBOL 1.1 is

Copyright (C) 2001-2009 Keisuke Nishida
Copyright (C) 2007-2012 Roger While

As above, GnuCOBOL is also authored by Simon Sobisch, Sergey Kashyrin, Joe Robbins, Ron Norman

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

The libcob run time support source tree is LGPL

Archival website:

GnuCOBOL (formerly OpenCOBOL) Web Site

Features

  • A nicely complete implementation of COBOL with nearly seamless C integration
  • Over 9700 NIST COBOL 85 test suite tests passed, over 500 internal checks
  • Direct access to almost all C libraries, and even more with the C++ base
  • Compiler built with GNU Autotools, also successfully builds with LLVM clang
  • CGI capable and desktop ready, GTK+ screens have been demonstrated
  • Code integrating Ada, Guile, Lua, Rexx, Javascript, Python, and others, published
  • EXEC SQL preprocessors available for PostgreSQL, Firebird, ODBC, DB2
  • REPORT SECTION, SCREEN SECTION, FUNCTION-ID support
  • ASCII, EBCDIC, little endian, big endian. A build published for z/OS OMVS/USS
  • Compiler messages translated; english, spanish, japanese, more to come
  • Nearly full support of the COBOL 2014 Compiler Directing Facility feature set

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User Reviews

  • kevingre
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Wow, such a fantastic product! I don't know how commercial COBOL solutions can even think they can stay in business with their archaic licensing fees! I ported our product from a commercial compiler platform in less than 30 minutes and it's working flawlessly under GnuCOBOL. You owe it to yourself to check this product out. It does not disappoint.

    Posted 03/07/2015
  • mbratch
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    A well-written compiler for a very underrated if long-in-the-tooth language. A fine support community.

    Posted 02/27/2015
  • brazitec
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is what COBOL needs.. A new system not requiring a main frame. COBOL needs to be ported to the PC environment. This gives access to COBOL on a lower budget.

    Posted 02/21/2015
  • wtrenkle
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    In many cases the GNU Cobol will become a valid replacement for proprietary (and thus expensive) software development platforms (got much experience with other UNIX, VMS and Mainframe based products). It has got a high priority for me, and my new software development projects are being considered to be managed with GNU Cobol.

    Posted 11/05/2014
  • varocho
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Easy to use, with great support!

    Posted 10/25/2014
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Additional Project Details

Languages

English, Japanese, Spanish

Intended Audience

Developers

User Interface

Web-based, Console/Terminal, Command-line, GTK+, Tk

Programming Language

COBOL, C

Registered

2001-09-03
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