Open CPP files

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Have you encountered a problem with a CPP file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a CPP file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your CPP file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is CPP file?

Files with the extension CPP are source code files in the programming language C ++. Cpp files can contain the source code for entire programs or even only parts, for example classes or functions, which are referenced in another CPP file, so called includes

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CPP files are just text files that can be processed by a C ++ compiler. They can be opened and edited in any text editor, however it is recommended to use editors with developer functions such as syntax highlighting for easier work.

In principle, CPP files can be compiled in standard C ++ with any C ++ compiler. H. Convert to an executable program. However, depending on the includes used (eg certain special libraries) compilation errors can occur, since these are not included in every compiler.

C ++ source code files are also sometimes suffixed with c, which can lead to problems because the file extension c should actually be used for C source code files. By contrast, a CPP file is clearly a C ++ source code file.

Programs which can open a CPP file

How to open file with CPP extension?

In order to open a file with CPP extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening CPP file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with CPP files, follow the instructions below.
Install Apple Xcode or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening CPP files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support CPP files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of CPP files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Apple Xcode as the default program for opening CPP files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate CPP files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Apple Xcode applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Apple Xcode has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with CPP files

Sometimes problems with opening CPP files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • CPP files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open CPP files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • CPP file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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