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A simple cobol IDE

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OpenCobolIDE is a simple and lightweight cobol IDE based on the OpenCobol compiler.

The software is written in Python using PyQt4 and pyQode

  • syntax highlighting
  • code completion
  • code folding
  • compile as program (.exe) or as subprogram (.so)
  • run the program from the editor
  • also open text files


OpenCobolIDE is released under the GPL version 3



Run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install python-qt open-cobol
sudo easy_install OpenCobolIDE


There is a windows installer available here:


The project depends on the following packages:

  • Python 2.7 or Python 3
  • setuptools
  • PyQt4
  • OpenCobol
  • pyqode.core
  • pyqode.widgets
  • Pygments >= 1.6
  • chardet (chardet2 if you are using python3)


I am by no way a cobol expert, I just had to work on a cobol project at school with an awful IDE (NetExpress on a Windows Xp virtual machine). As I was writing pyqode, I thought it would be nice to use it to make a simple cobol editor for GNU/Linux.

I’ve only learnt COBOL 74 and the IDE has been thought with this standard in mind. I have personally no plan on working with cobol at the moment nor to learn a new standard but if you found a missing feature, feel free to open a feature request. I’m always looking forward to make OpenCobolIDE better for the experts.

Your advice will be very appreciated!


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