Beginning with C++ Programming Language

Get Started C++

You need the following two things to begin using C++:

  • To write C++ code, use a text editor like Notepad.
  • a compiler to convert the C++ code into a language that the computer can understand, such as GCC

C++ Install IDE

The code is edited AND compiled with the aid of an IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

Code::Blocks, Eclipse, Visual Studio, and dev C++ are examples of well-known IDEs. They can all be used to edit and debug C++ code and are all free.

Web-based IDEs can also be used, but their functionality is constrained.

In our tutorial, we’ll be using Dev C++ because we think it’s a good place to start. The most recent version of Dev C++ is available at goto: Dev-C++ download |

Launching C++

Navigate to File > New > Source file in Dev C++.

Create the file myfirstprogram.cpp and add the following C++ code there (File > Save File as):

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main() {
  cout << "Hello World!";
  return 0;

If you don’t understand the code above, don’t worry; we will go over it in more detail in later chapters. Focus on running the code for the time being.

In Dev C++, it should look like this:


To run (execute) the program, select Execute > Compile and Run. The end result will resemble this:


Congratulations! Your first C++ program has now been created and run.

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