Netbeans IDE can be used to create C/C++ Applications. Netbeans running on Linux Platforms dont require any additional configuration if the compilers are already available in the Linux distribution. But to get it working in Windows, a Linux-like environment will be required.
Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows.
Here is a step by step guide to configure Cygwin with Netbeans in Windows.
Step 1: Installing Netbeans
- Install JDK. The latest version can be downloaded here
- Download and install Netbeans. The latest version is Netbeans IDE 6.5. The latest version can be downloaded from http://www.netbeans.org. Make sure you download the bundle that has all technologies.
- Select C/C++ option while installing. ( It is better to select all the options )
Step 2: Installing Cygwin
- Cygwin can be downloaded from http://www.cygwin.com
- Run the setup file.
- Install from internet. Specify C:\cygwin as the root directory.
- In the Select Packages dialog box, select the packages required. gcc-core, gcc-g++, gdb, and make packages are most important. These are the C core, C++ core, the GNU Debugger and the GNU version of ‘make’ utility. These packages will be under the ‘Devel’ category.
- Complete the installation.
Step 3: Testing Cygwin
- To test whether Cygwin was installed properly, try the following by opening the bash shell:
cygcheck -c cygwin gcc --version g++ --version make --version gdb --version
Step 4: Setting PATH
- Right click on My Computer and select Properties. Goto Advanced System Settings.
- Click on Environment Variables.
- In system variables’ frame choose “Path” and click “edit” button.
- Now in the variable value textbox give the path of your cygwin/bin directory. (i.e., probably c:\cygwin\bin)
- Click OK
The setup is done.
Now new C/C++ Projects can be started:
- Open Netbeans IDE
- CLick New Project –> C/C++ –> C/C++ Application
- Choose a Project Name and Location. Then select ‘Finish’.
- Right click on Source Files under the current Project in the Projects pane on the left side.
- Select New –> Empty C++ File
- Type in the C++ Program.
- Now go to Run –> Run Main Project or press F6 to run the program.
Cygwin has been successfully configured with Netbeans.