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GNU Common C++
Common C++ is a C++ class library that abstracts various system services in a portable manner, thereby making the creation of portable applications much easier. It is portable code, with very low runtime overhead, that works well on a very wide range of target platforms and C++ compilers in everyday use. It includes the 'ape' project, which was formerly a separate package. Common C++ manages threads, synchronization, and network sockets by offering portable C++ classes that abstract these services, as well as supporting "serial" I/O, daemon specific event logging, object serialization (persistence), block/record/page/ oriented file I/O, and configuration file parsing. It also provides an inheritable class architecture for your application that exploits C++ as needed. There are two source trees: one for "POSIX" systems such as GNU/Linux and the Hurd, the other for the Windows API. This makes Common C++ portable at the source level, as the two trees implement a functionally similar class interface.

Commoncpp also includes uCommon C++ (, a lightweight C++ library with features such as rtti and exception handling removed. It is intended for programs linking to C libraries and not the standard C++ library.


User guide included

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Download version 1.8.0 (stable)
released on 24 February 2010

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterKelly Hopkins17 November 2009

Leaders and contributors

Sean Cavanaugh Contributor
Yurii Rashkovskii Contributor
David Sugar Maintainer
Caros Vidal Contributor
Daniel Silverstone Contributor
John Connors Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail
uCommon C++ Download

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite pth

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 9 July 2008.


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