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The PureBasic IDE, showing an example program
Developer(s) Fantaisie Software
Stable release v4.40 / 2009-12-1; 361532648 ago
Operating system Microsoft Windows (active), Linux (active), Mac OS X (active), AmigaOS (discontinued, Open Source)
Type Programming language, Integrated development environment
License Commercial
Website www.purebasic.com
File:PureBasic VD.png
The PureBasic Visual Designer, showing a selection of popular GUI components that it supports.

PureBasic is a commercial BASIC programming language and integrated development environment developed by Fantaisie Software for Windows (both 32 and 64-bit), Linux (also 32 and 64-bit) and Mac OS X. There is also a version available for the Amiga, although it has been discontinued and released as Open Source. The first public release of Purebasic was on December 17, 2000 and has been continually updated since.

PureBasic compiles directly to the x86, IA-32, 680x0 and PowerPC instruction sets, generating small standalone executables and DLLs which require no runtime libraries other than the standard system libraries. Programs developed without the use of the platform specific APIs can be built easily from the same source file with little or no modification.

PureBasic supports inline assembly, allowing the developer to include FASM assembler commands directly within the PureBasic source code, while using the variables declared in PureBasic source code, enabling experienced programmers to improve the speed of speed-critical sections of their code.

PureBasic has an extensive set of over 1000 native commands and direct access to most OS API calls. The editor has full project support and the compiler is thread-safe with a powerful debugger that supports breakpoints with stepping mode, variable viewer and watcher, and other debugging features common to major BASIC products.

PureBasic supports and has integrated the OGRE 3D Environment. Other 3D environments such as iRRLicht and Dreamotion are unofficially supported.

"Hello World" example

The following single line of PureBasic code will create a 3.00 KB (3,072 bytes) standalone executable for Windows.

MessageRequester("Message Box", "Hello World")

And the following variation of the same code, which instead uses an inline Win32 API call without the need for declarations or other external references, will create an even smaller 2.00 KB (2,048 bytes) standalone executable for Windows.

MessageBox_(0, "Hello World", "", 0)

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