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Release of GnuCOBOL 3.2
     posted by mensch, Mon 14 Aug 2023 09:43:02 PM UTC

GnuCOBOL 3.2 includes many new features compared to the previous release, while maintaining full source compatibility.

The amount of changes from GnuCOBOL 3.1 to 3.2 is huge, here are some of the highlights:

  • improved dialect handling including changed defaults to better match the selected dialect (see NEWS if you compile with any `-std`
Release of GnuCOBOL 3.1.2
     posted by mensch, Tue 05 Jan 2021 06:24:20 PM UTC

New GnuCOBOL features

  • XML GENERATE statement

   (note: runtime support needs additional library libxml2)

  • JSON GENERATE statement

   (note: runtime support needs additional library cJSON or JSON-C)

  • CONTINUE AFTER statement (COBOL 202x) implemented, also handle fractions
GnuCOBOL 3.1-rc-1 on
     posted by mensch, Thu 02 Jul 2020 07:13:19 AM UTC

While this version is a release-candidate (with an expected full release within 3 months) it is the most stable and complete free COBOL compiler ever available.

Source kits can be found at, the first pre-built binaries are already available and the OS package managers are invited to update their packages. [...]

GnuCOBOL 2.2 released!
     posted by edwardhart, Thu 07 Sep 2017 11:42:02 AM UTC

Dear GnuCOBOL users,

after almost 7 years of continual improvement and refinements since
OpenCOBOL version 1.1 and 3 years after the release of GnuCOBOL 1.1,
the GnuCOBOL team is proud to announce the formal release of
GnuCOBOL 2.2.
We now reached a substantial coverage of COBOL 85, 2002, 2014 standard [...]

GnuCOBOL 2.2rc on
     posted by btiffin, Sat 22 Jul 2017 03:14:18 PM UTC

A release candidate of GnuCOBOL 2.2 has been posted to for trials.


.xz archive also available. One other source kit more suitable for a commonly used operating system was also posted as [...]

GNU Cobol 1.1 uploaded to
     posted by btiffin, Sun 19 Jan 2014 09:46:17 AM UTC

After a long development cycle as OpenCOBOL, and recent acceptance as a GNU free software project, with a renaming to GNU Cobol, a release is out.  The first ftp source kits are now signed and posted to [...]

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