In this article, I’ll show you how to download Turbo C for Windows (or Turbo C++), install Turbo C compiler on any version of Windows Operating System and write a C Program in Turbo C.
Turbo C and Turbo C++ are compilers for C and C++ (C plus plus) Programming Languages. They were originally developed by Borland Software Corporation as a combination of Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Compiler.
Turbo C++ replace Turbo C in the year 1990 and later both were discontinued. Turbo C/C++ was famous for its small size, speed of compilation, price, documentation and the whole integrated development environment.
The original Turbo C/C++ were 16 – bit compilers as they were developed for 16 – bit CPUs (Intel’s 8086 Series of Microprocessors).
Even though Turbo C is discontinued and is not compatible with the current generation systems (like Windows 7, 8 and 10), many programmers and developers still prefer to use the old Turbo C environment.
Personally, I started my C Programming training and development through Turbo C Compiler. So, in this post, I’ll take you through the process of how to download Turbo C, how to install Turbo C on any of the latest Windows Operating System i.e. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, be it a 32 – bit version or a 64 – bit version.
What is a Compiler?
Before going in to Turbo C Compiler, we will first see what a Compiler is. A Compiler is a program or a software that transforms programs written in High Level Programming Languages such as C, C++, Python, etc. to Low Level Programming Languages like Assembly Language, Machine Code etc.
Turbo C is a C Programming Language Compiler that transforms programs written in C to Assembly or Machine Code to create an executable Program.
What makes Turbo C/C++ Special?
The original developers of Turbo C, Borland sold the Turbo C++ compiler to a company called Embarcadero Technologies. The Turbo C++ Compiler was later upgraded to their flagship Compiler called C++ Builder.
There are many Compilers for C and C++ Programming Languages but what make Turbo C/C++ special is its speed of Compilation of the Programs, size of the overall software (Turbo C occupies very little memory), compatibility with wide range of I/O Modules, support for large projects etc.
Hence, many programmers and software developers still prefer the old Turbo C Compiler and IDE.
Download Turbo C for Windows (Turbo C++)
If Turbo C/C++ is discontinued, then how can we install it in our system? Even though Turbo C++ is discontinued, there are many simulators that work similar to the original Turbo C and Turbo C++ and present that retro look with its iconic blue screen.
DOSBox is one such software that emulates a DOS Operating System. Using DOSBox, we can run x86 compatible games and software on our latest systems.
Using DOSBox, developers achieved to bring back the Turbo C++ Compiler to the latest version of Windows as the original Turbo C/C++ is a 16 – bit compiler.
Now, in order to install Turbo C++ on your computer (any 32 – bit or 64 – bit computer running on any Windows version from Windows 7), there are two ways you can proceed.
One way is to download the DOSBox Emulator and Turbo C++ Compiler separately and install them both on our computer. The other way is to simply download and install the Turbo C++ for Windows Application.
To download the Turbo C++ for Windows, follow this link.
How to Install Turbo C for Windows?
After downloading the application (it will be downloaded in a zip file), extract the zip file and open the setup file (or the Turbo C++ 3.2 File).
Continue with the installation by simply clicking next. After installation is complete, you will get a launch the application checkbox. Keep it checked and click on finish.
A desktop shortcut will be created, using which you can launch the application. After launching the application, you will get a control screen. In order to start the Turbo C++ Compiler, click on the “Start Turbo C++” link on the bottom right part of the window.
Before clicking on the Start Turbo C++ Link, you can check the Full Screen Mode option on the bottom left part of the control window. This option will allow you to directly start the Turbo C++ in full screen mode.
How to Configure Turbo C++?
After clicking on the Start Turbo C++ link, you will automatically get the Turbo C++ Window with its iconic blue screen.
TIP: To Toggle between window mode and full screen mode, use Alt + Enter.
After the Turbo C++ is launched, the first step you need to do is to make sure that all the directories associated with Turbo C++ are correct. For example, the directory INCLUDE contains all the header files like STDIO, CONIO, MATH, etc.
In our case the directories are as follows:
Include Directory: C:\TURBOC3\INCLUDE
Library Directory: C:\TURBOC3\LIB
Output Directory: C:\TURBOC3\SOURCE
Source Directory: C:\TURBOC3\SOURCE
First Program in Turbo C++
After setting up the directories, you are ready to begin programming in Turbo C++. So, to start writing a program, go to File Tab and Click on New (you can use the keyboard shortcuts). A new editor window will be opened.
The first program we usually write in C Language is the Hello World. Without any further ado, start typing the code. The program for printing Hello World is given below.
void main ()
To save the file, click File –> Save or F2. Type in an appropriate name, like TEST.CPP. Compile the code by pressing Alt + F9. A small window will popup mentioning the result of the compilation (like success, error, warnings, etc.). After successful compilation, in order to run the program, enter Ctrl + F9. You will get the result in a new window.
You have successfully downloaded Turbo C++, installed it in your latest Windows System and written your first C Program.
In this tutorial, I have shown you how to download Turbo C for Windows, install Turbo C on any latest version of Windows (Windows 7, 8 or 10) and also how to write C Program in Turbo C.