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FutureBasic 5 builds Mac OS X Carbon applications (32-bit only) and command-line tools (32- and 64-bit). The FutureBasic 5 IDE consists of a syntax-aware editor, and a translator (FBtoC) that converts FB code into C code. The translation is then compiled with the clang system compilers.

Beginners can use a simplified run-time, ConsoleWindow, to write programs while not having to worry about things such as a graphical user interface (GUI) or printing. Experts can build standard Mac applications using both FB source, C and Objective-C

What's New

Version 5.7.40:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.6 or later running on an Intel processor.

  • FBHelp's Begin/end globals now describes the possibility to create C static local variables in local functions.
  • Milestone: FBtoC now uses CFString file paths and urls exclusively; there are no FSSpecs.
  • FB's generated apps now includes the NSHighResolutionCapable key set to more...


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 5,541
Version Downloads 27
License Free
Date 11 Feb 2016
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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