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A simple cobol IDE

Project description


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

The software is written in Python using PyQt5 and pyQode


  • syntax highlighting
  • code completion
  • code folding
  • auto completion (after if/else/perform)
  • navigable tree view of division, sections, paragraphs etc.
  • calculates the offsets of selected record definitions
  • compile as program (.exe) or as subprogram (.so/.dll)
  • run the program from the editor or from a configurable external terminal
  • also open other text files
  • dark color schemes and theme
  • cross platform: work on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OSX


OpenCobolIDE is released under the GPL version 3


The project depends on the following packages:

  • Python3
  • setuptools
  • PyQt4 or PyQt5
  • OpenCobol
  • pyqode.core
  • Pygments
  • chardet
  • qdarkstyle



Install pyqt5, open-cobol and pip using your package manager, then run the following commands:

sudo pip3 install OpenCobolIDE

If you are on Archlinux, you can install OpenCobolIDE and all its dependencies from the AUR:


There is a windows installer available here:


There is a dmg image available here:

The only thing you have to do is:

  • to install OpenCobol compiler, e.g. using homebrew:

    brew install open-cobol
  • run the OpenCobolIDE app

If you installed the compiler in a non-standard path and it is not recognized, you can specify and the path to the compiler in the preferences dialog under the Build & Run section (make sure to only specify the directory where the compiler can be found, not the full path).

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