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This project is part of the GNU Project.


GnuCOBOL is a free, modern COBOL compiler. GnuCOBOL implements a substantial part of the COBOL 85, COBOL 2002 and COBOL 2014 standards, as well as many extensions included in other COBOL compilers.

GnuCOBOL translates COBOL into C and compiles the translated code using a native C compiler.
Build COBOL programs on various platforms, including GNU/Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. GnuCOBOL has also been built on HP/UX, z/OS, SPARC, RS6000, AS/400, along with other combinations of machines and operating systems.

While being held to a high level of quality and robustness, GnuCOBOL does not claim to be a “Standard Conforming” implementation of COBOL.

GnuCOBOL passes over 9600 of the NIST COBOL 85 test suite tests and over 550 internal checks during build.

GnuCOBOL owes many thanks to Roger While and Keisuke Nishida, developing the compiler since 2005.

GnuCOBOL was named GNU Cobol from September 2013 (where the project moved to GNU space) to September 2014. Before becoming a GNU project the name was OpenCOBOL with the same free spirit under GPL/LGPL it has now.

October 2013

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Registration Date: Tue Oct 1 05:18:45 2013
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable


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GNU Cobol 1.1 uploaded to
     posted by btiffin, Sun Jan 19 09:46:17 2014 - 0 replies

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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