Tiny C Compiler - C Scripting Everywhere - The Smallest ANSI C compiler
- SMALL! You can compile and execute C code everywhere, for example on
- FAST! tcc generates optimized x86 code. No byte code
overhead. Compile, assemble and link about 7 times faster than 'gcc
- UNLIMITED! Any C dynamic library can be used directly. TCC is
heading torward full ISOC99 compliance. TCC can of course compile
- SAFE! tcc includes an optional memory and bound checker. Bound
checked code can be mixed freely with standard code.
- Compile and execute C source directly. No linking or assembly
necessary. Full C preprocessor included.
- C script supported : just add '#!/usr/local/bin/tcc -run' at the first
line of your C source, and execute it directly from the command
1) Installation on a i386/x86_64/arm Linux/OSX/FreeBSD host
Notes: For OSX and FreeBSD, gmake should be used instead of make.
For Windows read tcc-win32.txt.
makeinfo must be installed to compile the doc. By default, tcc is
installed in /usr/local/bin. ./configure --help shows configuration
We assume here that you know ANSI C. Look at the example ex1.c to know
what the programs look like.
The include file can be used if you want a small basic libc
include support (especially useful for floppy disks). Of course, you
can also use standard headers, although they are slower to compile.
You can begin your C script with '#!/usr/local/bin/tcc -run' on the first
line and set its execute bits (chmod a+x your_script). Then, you can
launch the C code as a shell or perl script :-) The command line
arguments are put in 'argc' and 'argv' of the main functions, as in
ex1.c: simplest example (hello world). Can also be launched directly
as a script: './ex1.c'.
ex2.c: more complicated example: find a number with the four
operations given a list of numbers (benchmark).
ex3.c: compute fibonacci numbers (benchmark).
ex4.c: more complicated: X11 program. Very complicated test in fact
because standard headers are being used ! As for ex1.c, can also be launched
directly as a script: './ex4.c'.
ex5.c: 'hello world' with standard glibc headers.
tcc.c: TCC can of course compile itself. Used to check the code
tcctest.c: auto test for TCC which tests many subtle possible bugs. Used
when doing 'make test'.
4) Full Documentation
Please read tcc-doc.html to have all the features of TCC.
Additional information is available for the Windows port in tcc-win32.txt.
TCC is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (see