GnuCOBOL (formerly OpenCOBOL) / News: Recent posts

GnuCOBOL 2.2 released

It is with great pleasure and enthusiam to announce that GnuCOBOL 2.2 has been formally released and is now the default download.

Many thanks to Simon Sobisch, Ron Norman, Edward Hart, Dave Pitts, Sergey Kashyrin, Luke Smith, Arnold Trembley and many others that put in the efforts to make this release possible.

We get one giant leap closer to consolidating all the various branches that occurred starting back in 2009. It's been a lot of work, a lot of fun, with a few disagreements thrown in.... read more

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2017-09-07 Labels: GnuCOBOL 2.2

GnuCOBOL 2.0 release candidates now the default download

GnuCOBOL 2 slides ever closer. Simon, Edward, and other players (especially Simon) have been hard at it getting a stable, production worthy GnuCOBOL 2.0 ready for a final unveiling.

It has been a long wait for everyone, a lot of hard work by a few, and welcomed bug reports by the community at large. The lead developers deserve a round of appreciative applause and pats on the back. Click the big green download button to get your own copy of the 2.0rc2 source kit. The more testing, the more Simon can be assured that 2.0final will be the COBOL we all expect it to be.... read more

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2016-12-08 Labels: GnuCOBOL 2.0

GNU Cobol 1.1 posted to GNU



Posted by Brian Tiffin 2014-01-19 Labels: Release GNU Cobol

GNU Cobol 2.0 with additional Report Writer module

Ron Norman has developed a Report Writer module for GNU Cobol 2.

Testing copy is posted to SVN at

svn checkout svn:// gnu-cobol-reportwriter

See for some build instructions.

Many thanks to Ron.


Posted by Brian Tiffin 2013-11-23 Labels: reportwriter

OpenCOBOL, as GNU Cobol, accepted as a GNU project.

On the 30th anniversary of the original GNU announcement on Usenet. GNU Cobol has been dubbed an official GNU project.

So much owed to the efforts of Roger While and Keisuke Nishida

More soon.

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2013-09-28

OpenCOBOL 2.0 pre-release posted to SVN

Yep, finally, OpenCOBOL 2.0. Roger While's OpenCOBOL 2.0pre-rel

User Defined Functions is a big part of the changes, there are hundreds of others. More documentation will follow, along with samples and help in the Discussions.

Lots and lots of thanks to Simon for managing the repositories here on SourceForge.

This is a pre-release, so be wary, while enjoying this very modern COBOL.

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2013-09-20

OpenCOBOL 1.1 pre-rel is now OpenCOBOL 1.1 final

Not much to say really. Formality was actually a while ago, but there is news coming about a new pre-release.

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2013-09-19

OpenCOBOL-1.1pre-rel checked into SVN

The pre-release source code has been checked in. The plan is a mid-term Community Edition that will include some small patches that have been found useful and proven since February 2009. Expectations are that this code base will be superseded by any 2.0 release.

svn co open-cobol

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2012-05-07

OpenCOBOL 1.1pre-rel posted

The source release from 06-Feb-2009 has been uploaded. Matches the version documented in the superb

Posted by Brian Tiffin 2012-05-04

OpenCOBOL 1.0 released

OpenCOBOL produces C code from COBOL source and
compiles using a native C compiler.
Most of the 85 COBOL standard is covered with
this release along with some 2002 standard, MF and ACU extensions.

Posted by Roger While 2007-12-27

OpenCOBOL Version 0.32 released

OpenCOBOL version 0.32 has been released.
This is mainly a stability update and includes fixes
to be able to run on Powerpc.
New features include :
Support LINAGE clause
Support larger redefines for MF

Posted by Roger While 2005-05-12