Dev-C++ showing its updated UI and new variable browsing options
|Developer(s)||Bloodshed Software until 2005, Orwell (Johan Mes) since 2011|
|Stable release||5.4.1 / March 16, 2013|
|Preview release||5.4.2 RC7 / June 2, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Linux (alpha only)|
|Type||Integrated development environment|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Dev-C++ is a free integrated development environment (IDE) distributed under the GNU General Public License for programming in C and C++. MinGW, a free compiler, is bundled with it. The IDE is written in Delphi.
Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C and C++ programming languages. It uses the MinGW or TDM-GCC 64bit port of the GCC as its compiler. Dev-C++ can also be used in combination with Cygwin or any other GCC-based compiler.
One additional aspect of Dev-C++ is its use of DevPaks, packaged extensions on the programming environment with additional libraries, templates, and utilities. DevPaks often contain, but are not limited to, GUI utilities, including popular toolkits such as GTK+, wxWidgets, and FLTK. Other DevPaks include libraries for more advanced function use.
Dev-C++ is generally considered a Windows-only program, but there are attempts to create a Linux version: header files and path delimiters are switchable between platforms. More work needs to be done though.
Users of Dev-C++ can download additional libraries, or packages of code that increase the scope and functionality of Dev-C++, such as graphics, compression, animation, sound support and many more. Users can create Devpaks and host them for free on the site. Also, they are not limited to use with Dev-C++. The site says "A typical devpak will work with any MinGW distribution (with any IDE for MinGW)".
Development status 
The project was no longer noticeably active, with no news posted nor any updated versions released from February 22, 2005 to June 2011. In a 2006 forum post, lead developer Colin Laplace stated that he was busy with real-life issues and did not have time to continue development of Dev-C++. However there is a development team that has taken the Dev-C++ IDE and added new features such as support for multiple compilers and a RAD designer for wxWidgets applications. This IDE can be found under the name wxDev-C++.
On June 30, 2011 an unofficial version 188.8.131.52 of Dev-C++ was released by Orwell (Johan Mes), an independent programmer, featuring the more recent GCC 4.5.2 compiler, Windows' SDK resources (Win32 and D3D), numerous bugfixes, and improved stability. On August 27, after five years of officially being in a beta stage, version 5.0 was released by Orwell. This version also has its own separate SourceForge page since version 184.108.40.206, because the old developer isn't responding to combining requests.
See also 
- Dev-C++ on SourceForge.net
- Orwell Dev-C++
- post-220.127.116.11 Dev-C++ releases on SourceForge.net
- Blog of post-18.104.22.168 releases
- Dev-C++ Portable on SourceForge.net
- GLUT Packages for Dev C++ users
- GLUT Installation for Dev C++