.CC File Extension

C++ Source Code File

Developer Standard C++ Foundation
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What is a CC file?

A CC file is a source code file for a C++ program. It may contain all the code for a single program or part of the code within a programming project (one of several CC files). Users often view and edit code in a CC file with a source code editor, then compile the language into machine code via a compiler, which the computer's operating system can understand to run the compiled program.

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Screenshot of a .cc file in Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.76
CC file open in Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.76

Bjarne Stroustrup developed C++ as an improvement upon the C language developed by Dennis Ritchie in the late 1960s. He began development in 1979 to add object-oriented programming (OOP) features, named it "C++" (formerly known as "C with Classes") in 1983, and then released it in 1985.

C++ soon became one of the most prominent programming languages, with developers utilizing it to create various applications, such as web browsers, games, and database management software. The non-profit Standard C++ Foundation now develops the language.

Other files that store C++ source code

The .cc file extension is one of several extensions appended files storing C++ source code. Other more common extensions include .CPP, .CXX, and .C (stores C and C++) source code files.

How to open a CC file

You can open and edit CC files with many source code editors, such as Microsoft Visual Studio Code (multiplatform) and Code Blocks (multiplatform). These applications are ideal for viewing and editing CC files since they provide helpful tools, such as syntax highlighting and auto-completion.

You can also open and edit CC files with plain text editors, such as Microsoft Notepad (bundled with Windows) or Apple TextEdit (bundled with macOS). However, these text editors do not provide helpful source code editing features.

C++ compilers

You can compile the C++ code stored in CC files to code run on a computer with various free and commercial compilers. Some compilers include Microsoft Visual Studio (Windows), Eclipse IDE for C Developers (multiplatform), GNU Compiler Collection (multiplatform), and Apple Xcode (macOS).

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Programs that open or reference CC files

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