I'm looking to mimic the environment of the classic Turbo C++ compiler from the DOS days on Mac OS X. I have used DOSBox with actual Turbo C++ installed in the virtual drive, but I'm just experimenting with other options.

I've been writing basic C++ programs using nano and compiling them with g++, but I'm looking for something more integrated and TC++-like.

I found RHIDE, which appears to be a clone of the Turbo C++ IDE and is available for both DOS and Linux.


However, I'm not sure which package I should be downloading and where I should be installing it. The binary download options are:

  • binaries for DJGPP (zip)
  • binaries for GNU/Linux SuSE 8.0 (rpm)
  • binaries for CYGWIN (tar.gz)
  • binaries for GNU/Linux (debian/woody) (deb)

I figured rpm and deb options are out, but the tar.gz seems to be CYGWIN-based, leaving zip as the only option, but even that's for Windows. Which one should I get? Where should I extract it? How should I run it?

I'm running Mavericks 10.9.1.

  • Try Xcode as the simplest to setup and you have already installed it to get the complier. If that is not good enough then you can explain what is missing to find a better IDE
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 12:29

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I just checked out the source code. The code is not not suitable for Mac OS.

configure: error: i386-apple-darwin13.0.0 is not supported (yet). Sorry.
  • oh, darn it. I guess it'll have to be TC++ under DOSBox then! Or RHIDE under DOSBox, but I don't know what I'm achieving here. :-/
    – aalaap
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 11:31
  • I guess you're best of utilizing vim or emacs. Regarding vim I can tell you there are millions of ways to make it work like a fully loaded IDE, including code completion, build-routines et cetera. You can start off from scratch, load preconfigured dotfiles and use vim package managers like Vundle. Also, these things are actively maintained!
    – h3nk
    Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 14:55
  • Vi(m) scares me. But I guess I have to face my fears sometime! Thanks!
    – aalaap
    Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 9:44

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