This site hosts both the FBtoC Project and the FutureBasic Freeware downloads. On 1 January 2008,
Staz Software announced FutureBasic as freeware. Downloads and their executables are freeware, but source
code and rights of distribution are reserved to the respective authors (the FBtoC team and Staz Software).
FutureBasic 5 builds macOS Carbon & Cocoa applications (32 & 64-bit).
Please note: macOS 10.15's late 2019 arrival will bring some changes.
Conforming with Apple's limitations and clang's warnings, FB will only build 64-bit applications.
Those needing to build 32-bit applications will need to use an older FB version ( and probably an older OS version too)
Future FB release notes will specify exactly when 32-bit building disappears.
The FutureBasic 5 IDE consists of a syntax-aware editor, and a translator (FBtoC) that converts FB code into
C code. The translation is then compiled with one of the system compilers (clang).
FutureBasic 5 [requires OS X 10.7+ for CocoaUI apps. Non-CocoaUI require 10.6+]
Application: FutureBasic 5.8.4 [9.7 MB]
Source Examples: FB 5.8.4 examples [8.9 MB]
Tutorials: Using Xcode Nibs with FutureBasic
New in this version: Cumulative release notes
Documentation: FB5 documentation FBtoC documentation
Status/Direction: FB's current status and direction
Translator Information: FBtoC source code
Installation Instructions, Application Building Rules and Newcomer Overview
Standard installation instructions and Application Building Rules
Support ( questions, bug reports and any FB programming help )
Please direct questions and bug reports to the FB mailing list.
Download: Large collection of FB source loosely organized by date - some not runnable in FB5 without modifications [137 MB]
New to FutureBasic? Here is an installation overview.
Prior FB5 releases
Self Education Resources
Obsolete FB Resources
Archived fbcocoa posts
Download fbcocoa examples
A Tribute to Robert Purves
Last updated: 29 April 2019