How to Write and Compile a C Program in Linux

C is one of the fastest running programming language, a lot of developers start their development journey with C. You can write and compile C in Linux, Windows, and macOS.

Linux is one of the favorite operating systems among developers for its open-source and in-hand tools for development. Node JS, PHP, Python name any programming language, and you can write and run it in Linux.

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Today we look into compiling and running our first C code in Linux from scratch. Before that, make sure to open your terminal using the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut.

Step 1: Install the build-essential packages

To compile and execute your C program in Linux, you need to install a build-essential package that comes with all required tools.

$ sudo apt install build-essential
build-essential packages
build-essential packages

Sudo users may require to enter a password before the installation begin.

Step 2: Write a basic C Program

After the installation is complete, lets us start writing our first C program from scratch.

Make sure to select your favorite Text Editor. In my case, I am going to use Gedit. Write or copy the below command and paste it into your Text Editor.

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#include <stdio.h>
int main() {
   // printf() displays the string inside quotation
   printf("Hello, TREND OCEANS!");
   return 0;

Then save the file with any name; just make sure to add the “.c” extension in the end. In my case, it’s “code.c”.

Basic C Program
Basic C Program

Step 3: Compiling the C program with GCC Compiler

To make your application executable, we need to compile our readable code into machine understandable code using GCC compiler.


$ gcc [ProgramName].c -o [OutputProgramName]


$ gcc code.c -o code

Once the above code is executed, a new file will be created in the same directory.

Compiling C program using GCC Compiler
Compiling C program using GCC Compiler

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Step 4: Running the program

Once the executable application is created, use the below code to run.

$ ./code
Hello, TREND OCEANS!%   
Running C Program
Running C Program

Below you can see the output of our basic C program. You can modify further and change the output in something different.

Let me know in the comment section if you successfully executed your first C Program. Facing any issues, drop that too.

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