FreeBasic is a free and open source compiler that works with Windows, DOS, and Linux. It includes a QuickBasic emulation mode but also has many features of contemporary languages. The most recent version is 1.05 from Jan. 31, 2016.
Integrated Development Environments
FBedit (Author: Ketil Olsen, KetilO)
An IDE for FreeBasic built on RadASM, an IDE that was originally written for Assembly, also by Ketil.
- Last Release: 2009
- Version Control Repository: SourceForge
- The repository has seen some activity over the years, but the only “release” appears to be from 2010 – 18.104.22.168c.
- I’m particularly fond of:
- simplicity of the user interface
- window showing all functions within app.
- ease with which one can compile/run apps from the IDE.
- Unfortunately, while there have been a number of websites, including fbedit.freebasic.net, none of them are functional. You can view an old copy of one site at The Wayback Machine.
- There are several forks of FBEdit, none of which I have had opportunity to try including FBEdit Mod (SVN) and a fork of this fork, FBEdit Mod (Cherry Version) (GitHub)
Last Release: 2013
Version Control Repository: SourceForge
- There is a functioning website hosted by freebasic.net unlike FBedit.
- Features include autoformatting, auto code indenting, configurable syntax highlighting, compile error reporting, code browser, etc.
- It is fine as an IDE, but I prefer FBedit, I’m not aware of any features FBide has that FBedit doesn’t.
Last Release: 2016
Version Control Repository: Not Public?
- As with several of the other IDEs mentioned here, written by Paul Squires.
- Similar to Microsoft’s Visual Studio, but for FreeBASIC.
- Available as freeware.
- Has an active website and support forums.
- No updates since 2010.
Last Release: 2016
Version Control Repository: GitHub
- Written by Paul Squires who has written several other IDE’s for FreeBASIC.
- Squires is actively working on this IDE, not stagnant/abandoned.
- UI feels more modern.
- Mysoft’s Assembler OR FMOD Play Library (2008) – One of the options recommended to me. Assembler version doesn’t require FMOD. Believe it is QB compatible (aka, no need to compile as FB).
- D.J. Peter’s FBSound (2014) – Written by one of the more prolific FB programmers, works with Windows and Linux, uses several drivers.
- D.J. Peter’s Audio Lib Bass (2015) – Provides integration of Bass library for sound with FreeBasic. Bass is free for non-commercial use.
- FreeBasic Extended Library
- External Libraries Index – A list of external libraries that have bindings currently included in FreeBasic.
- FB Debugger – Last update was 8/2016.
- FreeBasic Portal. An excellent and fairly comprehensive site dealing with FB and offering numerous downloads. Written in German, but Google Translate makes more than readable English.
- D.J. Peter’s libraries, code, and tutorials. D.J. is one of the more prolific programmers using FreeBasic. Has written a sound library amongst numerous others.
- FreeBasic running in the browser using Emscripten. Actual implementation is on GitHub.
- FreeBasic CodeLibrary – Includes a number of source code examples, IDEs, etc.
- FreeBasic Community Tutorials.
- A Beginner’s Guide to FreeBasic – A 255 page (old) ebook on FreeBasic.