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xHarbour Required tools for Windows

A supported C compiler, linker, librarian and make are required since xHarbour uses C as intermediate language. The supported compilers/tools are:

Borland C compiler version 5.5.1

This is the Borland C++ Command Line compiler version 5.5 (bcc32). It also includes Borland Turbo Incremental Linker (tlink32) and Borland Resource Compiler /binder (brc32, brcc32)

Setting the Environment Variables for Borland C++:

Make sure that the directory containing bcc32.exe is in your windows search path. bcc32.exe is located in the /bin subdirectory of the Borland C compiler installation directory.

Make sure that there is a bcc32.cfg file in the \bin subdirectory of your compiler. Its needed to set the compiler options for the Include and Lib paths. This is what bcc32.cfg could contain:


Make sure that there is a ilink32.cfg file in the \bin subdirectory of your compiler. It is required in order to set the linker options for the Lib file paths. For example, a sample ilink32.cfg could contain (paths may differ):



In a single package, Open Watcom C/C++ provides a comprehensive development environment with the tools, SDK's, and libraries you need to create powerful 16- and 32- bit applications for popular PC platforms.


A collection of freely available and freely distributable Windows specific header files and import libraries combined with GNU toolsets that allow one to produce native Windows programs that do not rely on any 3rd-party C runtime DLLs.

Microsoft Visual C++

The Microsoft Visual C++ compiler.

Pelles C

Pelles C for Windows is a complete development kit for Windows and Pocket PC. It contains among other things an optimizing C compiler, a linker, a resource compiler, a message compiler, a make utility and install builders for both Windows and Pocket PC.


Bison is a parser generator used by xHarbour developers that converts a grammar description for an LALR(1) context-free grammar into a C program to parse that grammar.

gnu make

The gnu make tool.

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