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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
  • navigable tree view of division, sections, paragraphs etc.
  • calculates the offsets of selected record definitions
  • compile as program (.exe) or as subprogram (.so)
  • run the program from the editor
  • also open text files
  • cross platform: work on GNU/Linux and Windows


OpenCobolIDE is released under the GPL version 3



From PPA

There is now a PPA for Ubuntu and derivatives:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:open-cobol-ide/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install open-cobol-ide

From pypi

You must have the latest version of pip for python3!

Run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install python3-pyqt4 open-cobol
sudo pip3 install OpenCobolIDE

On Gnu/Linux, you must use pip3 instead of pip


There is a windows installer available here:


The project depends on the following packages:

  • Python3
  • setuptools
  • PyQt4
  • OpenCobol
  • pyqode.core
  • pyqode.widgets
  • pygments >= 1.6
  • chardet
  • qdarkstyle


  • Downloads
  • Source repository
  • Issue tracker
  • Documentation


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 designed with this standard in mind. I don’t plan to work 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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