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I want to learn C language . and i would like to know how i can practice on C language by using Ubuntu 12.04

And is there any platform for it and how to get it ? or learn it by Terminal and how to use it to ?

Thanks for reading :)

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closed as off topic by jokerdino, Tachyons, Amith KK, izx, fossfreedom Jul 15 '12 at 17:25

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Take a look at How could I begin C++ programming on Ubuntu? – Peachy Jul 15 '12 at 5:22
You topic is broad and may create discussion. There are many way to use and practice C in Ubuntu. Also I think, there are at least 2 different questions in it. – Anwar Shah Jul 15 '12 at 5:36
this too much thing i confused !! i want determinables name or explansion links please ! – amrelghobary Jul 15 '12 at 5:48
^^^ Now I'm confused? Basic C/C++ programming and fundamentals are the same no matter what OS you use. Maybe you could go to your localc computer bookstore and look at a few books? – izx Jul 15 '12 at 6:31
this is perhaps the wrong stackexchange - this would be ontopic (with perhaps much better answers) on the SE site. – fossfreedom Jul 15 '12 at 17:26
up vote 4 down vote accepted

NOTE : Refer Online resources for C learning tutorials , i am only linking the Tools and Platform available In Ubuntu ,needed for you to begin with C.

To use C and C++ you will need to install the build-essential package.

sudo apt-get install build-essential

You can now compile C and C++ programs with GCC and g++ .

Where GCC stands for “GNU Compiler Collection”. GCC is an integrated distribution of compilers for several major programming languages. These languages currently include C, C++, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Java, Fortran, Ada, and Go.

You will find available Official Programming tools here and for Power Users Programming

To help you begin from Ground-Zero refer here for typing your Fisrt C program and how to compile it and another Example Tutorial using GCC.

To begin with : What you will basically need is an Editor from above , ( try Gedit as beginner, there are many to choose from) for compiling through Command Line


Directly use IDE ( Integrated Development Environment) such as Geany ,Anjuta or Code::Blocks IDE.

Example Using text editor

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Then in terminal

gcc hello.c -o hello1   


which will give O/P like

user@host:~/Desktop$ ./hello1
Hello! This is my first C program with Ubuntu 12.04
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Great! thanks for that. but can i have some linke for how to use it ?? i can't distinguish and know what is the GCC OR G++ ? – amrelghobary Jul 15 '12 at 5:47
i faield to use it ....sorry :) – amrelghobary Jul 15 '12 at 7:49
anyway thanks brother i will try to use it later maybe iwill know more that will help me :) – amrelghobary Jul 15 '12 at 9:29

If you want to use and practice only C, then you can use the default gcc compiler (which is installed by default as C compiler on almost every Linux distribution) . From your question, I suppose you also wanted to use this in terminal. Here I give a simple example of a C program using terminal.

  • Open a terminal and type nano hello.c and Press Enter.
  • An editor will be opened in terminal. This is nano. Type the following to create a simple C program

#include <stdio.h>

int main(){

    printf("Hello C, I am in Ubuntu\n");
    return 0;

  • Then Press CTRL+O to write to the file. Then press CTRL + W to exit nano.
  • Then type gcc -o hello hello.c. It will compile the hello.c file and create an executable with name hello.
  • Then type ./hello to see the output of the program.

Note: The details explanation of the program is beyond the scope of the answer.

You can check these link to learn more about gcc compiler and using C in Ubuntu.

gcc online documentation

gcc manual page

Learn C online

C programming tutorial

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you are Great! you read my mind and give what i want .. thanks you .. Good luck – amrelghobary Jul 15 '12 at 8:49
You can accept this if it helps by clicking on the grey tick mark at the left had side of the answer. Thanks. – Anwar Shah Jul 15 '12 at 9:51

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