I have found the MinGW-w64 compilers very good, and GCC 4.6 and above (actually, 4.5. 1 and above) are very capable of producing good 64-bit code for Windows. Please remember that MinGW provides essentially the same C API as msvcrt.

Why is MinGW good?

MinGW is a C/C++ compiler suite which allows you to create Windows executables without dependency on such DLLs – you only need the normal MSVC runtimes, which are part of any normal Microsoft Windows installation. You can also get a small UNIX/POSIX like environment, compiled with MinGW called MSYS.

Is MinGW better than Visual Studio?

Unexpectedly, Visual Studio is slower than MinGW. For small number of threads, it seems MinGW is better (even with R callback and processing overhead) than Visual Studio. When comparing CLIs (Visual Studio and MinGW), the difference is a well-sized 5%. R overhead is approximately 3% of the computation time.

Is it safe to use MinGW?

It contains several malicious payloads including a bitcoin stealer and a virus. MinGW is basically a port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) for Microsoft Windows. it’s more convenient to use an implementation like TDM’s. It contains several malicious payloads including a bitcoin stealer and a virus.

Why is MinGW so slow?

Many “unixy” things on MinGW are painfully slow, because Windows has no fork() . Windows only has CreateProcess() , which is quite different. Unix shells and GNU Make do a lot of forking, so running these under MinGW results in “emulated” forks, which are really slow.

Is GCC compiler good?

GCC has always performed well as a standard compiler in the open source community. However, Apple Inc. has its own requirements for compilation tools. On the one hand, Apple Inc. added many new features for the Objective-C language (or even, later, the C language).

Which is better MinGW or Cygwin?

MinGW is higher performance than Cygwin, but it’s also 32-bit which may be a problem with your applications. There is a 64-bit environment similar to MinGW but it’s a different project. MinGW-w64 is in all senses the successor to MinGW.

How much time does MinGW takes to install?

It will take 5-6 minutes. After finishing click on Close. After successful installation of MinGW, next step is to change the environment location for MinGW.