Express Learning – How To Install GCC On Windows

How To Install GCC On Windows

Welcome back to Think & Free. Here is Another Episode of the Express Learning Tutorial Series. But Not a Programming lesson. Today I will show you how to install GNU GCC Compiler on your Windows System. The GNU GCC Compiler comes with a MinGW Environment setup for Windows. MinGW is an Open Source Software Development Kit with GNU Projects. It is the best way to install the GNU GCC Compiler on Windows System. Let’s try to install the GNU GCC Compiler on a Windows System using the MinGW Development kit.

About MinGW

The MinGW – The Minimalist GNU for Windows, is a minimalist development environment for native Windows applications. It includes GNU Compiler Collection, C, C++, ADA, and Fortran compilers. MinGW is a Complete Open Source Project.

Let’s look at how to get and set up MinGW on Windows System. First We need to download the MinGW installer to our Windows system. To do that go to the official MinGW Web site and download a fresh copy of the latest version of the MinGW installer.

Download MingGW Installer

Here is the link for downloading the MinGW web installer setup. After the downloading process is done, go to the download location right-click on the downloaded setup file, and open it in Administrator mode.

Let’s Install GCC On Windows Using MinGW

Now we can see the MinGW Installation Manager Setup Tool main window with some information notice about MinGW. On the top, we can see version information and some copywriting notices. See the left bottom side Install button. Go there and hit that Install button.

How To Install GCC On Windows

Now you can see Step 1: Specific Installation Preferences Window. This window provides the installation directory you need to install MinGW. Default Installation directory set to C:\MinGW. If you need to change it You can do it by selecting Change Option.

And This Window Provides some other Options called “User Interface Options“. If you need MinGW with only Command Line Interface you can remove the tick option in “… also install support for the graphical user interface option” or If you wish you need both CLI & GUI Options. No problem, you can stay with Defaults.

Specific Installation Preferences

This window will ask you how they should be installed MinGW Program on your system. Is it just for you? or for all users? you can simply select it from there. After doing changes hit the Continue button in the bottom left corner. Wait a few seconds while Completing the Download MinGW installation manager.

Download and Set Up MinGW Installation Manager
MinGW Download Progress Completed

After the download process is completed, Hit the Continue Button in the Bottom left corner. Now you can see the MinGW Installation Manager Window will open. Go there and make sure, you were Selected Basic Setup in the left side pane. In the MinGW Installation Manager window, look at the right pane you can see what packages MinGW provides.

See the beginning of packages, you can see a little checkbox. go there and tap on it. Now you can see a little pop-up window with some options.

Downloading Packages to Install GCC

To install the GNU GCC Compiler on a Windows System, we must install these three of the packages.

  • mingw32-base-bin
  • mingw32-gcc-g++-bin
  • msys-base-bin

You can mark for installation these three packages. One by one. Go to the beginning of these packages tap the little checkbox and select the option “Mark for Installation“.

MinGW Package Manager
Select Packages to install

Make sure you select correctly these three packages. Let’s download and install. Now go to the top left corner and select “Apply Changes” in the Installation menu.

Install MinGW on Windows Select required packages

Now It will prompt another window named “Schedule of Pending Actions“. Hit the Apply button to install the selected packages in that window.

Schedule of Pending Actions

Now the Downloading Process has started, you can see a little window with progress level. Please wait a couple of minutes once this Downloading process is complete.

Install MinGW on Windows Downloading Required Packages

After the Downloading process is completed start the installer. and prompt a new window “Applying Scheduled Changes” Wait until the installation is done. After the complete installation is completed you can close that window.

Downloading MinGW Required dependencies completed

Now you can see our package installation process has been completed. Make sure your MinGW Installation Window will Indicate a green color checkbox with selected Packages. That means the Installation Process is Completed.

Install MinGW on Windows Completed

That’s it about the installation process of MinGW on Windows. This has not ended yet. In the next lesson, we’ll look at how to use correctly MinGW with Path Variables in the Windows System. Leave a comment if you have some questions or anything about this.

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