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Release of GnuCOBOL 3.1.2
     posted by mensch, Tue 05 Jan 2021 06:24:20 PM UTC - 0 replies

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 ...

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GnuCOBOL 3.1-rc-1 on
     posted by mensch, Thu 02 Jul 2020 07:13:19 AM UTC - 0 replies

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. ...

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GnuCOBOL 2.2 released!
     posted by edwardhart, Thu 07 Sep 2017 11:42:02 AM UTC - 0 replies

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 ...

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GnuCOBOL 2.2rc on
     posted by btiffin, Sat 22 Jul 2017 03:14:18 PM UTC - 0 replies

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 ...

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