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A set of plugins that add COBOL support to HackEdit

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A set of plugins that add COBOL support to HackEdit.


  • pyqode.cobol editor integration (syntax highlighter, code completion, goto, code folding,…)

  • support for OpenCOBOL 1.1 and GnuCOBOL 2.0 compiler (MSVC based compiler are also supported on Windows)

  • support for custom parsers + premade setups for DBPRE and EsqlOC

  • two builtin workspaces:

    • project mode: specify which files are part of the project and compile them all at once.

    • single file mode: compile the current editor (very similar to OpenCobolIDE)

  • support for multiple compiler configuration (you can choose which config is the main one and you can select secondary configuration to be run when you build your project/file).

  • tool for computing field offset

In the future, we plan to add the following features:

  • GnuCOBOL 2 debugger integration

  • Support for standard build tools (makefile, autotools)



pip3 install hackedit-cobol --pre --upgrade

The plugin does not provide the GnuCOBOL compiler, you need to install it by yourself:

  • on Windows, the plugin will try to use the compiler bundled with OpenCobolIDE.

  • on OSX, you can easily install the compiler by running brew install gnu-cobol or brew install gnu-cobol --devel for GnuCOBOL 2.0

  • on GNU/Linux, you should use your package manager or install from source if it is not available (you will likely find the open-cobol or gnu-cobol package)

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