mingw-w64

GCC for Windows 64 & 32 bits

This is an old revision of the document!


Mingw-w64

Mingw-w64 is an advancement of the original mingw.org project, created to support the GCC compiler on Windows systems. It has forked it in 2007 in order to provide support for 64 bits and new APIs. It has since then gained widespread use and distribution.

The development and community are very active and welcoming with new contributors every month and simple installers.

Version 8 has been released

v8.0.0: 2020-09-18

Notable changes:

  • New Hyper-V headers and libraries by Biswapriyo Nath
  • Many headers updated from Wine by Jacek Caban.
  • ARM math improvements by Martin Storsjö
  • floating point fixes by Liu Hao
  • many *printf compatibility fixes by Liu Hao and Martin Storsjö
  • massive Windows App Store API updates by Steve Lhomme
  • winstorecompat library updates by Martin Storsjö
  • __USE_MINGW_ANSI_STDIO now automatically enabled in C99 and C11 mode when not using UCRT by Pali Rohár
  • wdm and ddk updates by Zebediah Figura
  • UCRT for Windows Store Apps (-lucrtapp) by Martin Storsjö
  • Audioclient and ActivateAudioInterfaceAsync API updates by Liu Hao
  • DirectX SDKs are now always installed
And many other additions thanks to, but not limited to (in Alphabetical order)

You can also look at the full list of versions.

Headers, Libraries and Runtime

  • More than a million lines of headers are provided, not counting generated ones, and regularly expanded to track new Windows APIs.
  • Everything needed for linking and running your code on Windows.
  • Winpthreads, a pthreads library for C++11 threading support and simple integration with existing project.
  • Winstorecompat, a work-in-progress convenience library that eases conformance with the Windows Store.
  • Better-conforming and faster math support compared to Visual Studio's.

Tools

  • gendef: generate Visual Studio .def files from .dll files.
  • genidl: generate .idl files from .dll files.
  • widl: compile .idl files.

Friend projects

Mingw-w64 interacts a lot with other projects in order to help everyone move forward. Contributions have been going to and coming from these projects:

Most Recent Activity

Mehdi Chinoune created ticket #917
24.09.2021

at_quick_exit is broken on UCRT subsystem

Pali posted a comment on ticket #853
21.09.2021

Seems that this is a bug in libgomp/gcc project as it incorrectly uses printf format attribute. There is already patch for it: https://github.com/msys2/MINGW-packages-dev/blob/master/mingw-w64-gcc-git/0020-libgomp-Don-t-hard-code-MS-printf-attributes.patch

LH_Mouse committed [586baa]
21.09.2021

Revert "dcomp.h: add some missing interfaces"

LH_Mouse committed [564d87]
21.09.2021

headers: Add GetHostNameW in winsock2.h

LH_Mouse committed [c0433a]
21.09.2021

dcomp.h: add some missing interfaces

Praveen created ticket #176
21.09.2021

Latest Windows SDK headers and API support in the MinGW-W64 toolchain

Nicholas Harvey created ticket #174
16.09.2021

most recent version of gcc

xoviat created ticket #173
15.09.2021

updated version

Martin Storsjö committed [2938ef]
15.09.2021

crt: Fix conversion of denormals from 64 bit doubles to 80 bit form

Martin Storsjö committed [6aa945]
13.09.2021

Change formatting of double precision floating-points in hexadecimal to match glibc.