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Release of GnuCOBOL 3.1.2

From: Simon Sobisch
Subject: Release of GnuCOBOL 3.1.2
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 19:58:08 +0100
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Three years (and multiple release candidates without a final version) after GnuCOBOL 2.2 the GnuCOBOL developers are proud to announce the formal release of GnuCOBOL 3.1.2.

What is GnuCOBOL

GnuCOBOL is a free, modern COBOL compiler.
It translates COBOL into intermediate C and compiles the code using a native C compiler (preferably GCC, but not limited to it).

More information about GnuCOBOL can be found at

Noteworthy changes

The amount of features are too much to note, but you can skip over the attached NEWS file to investigate them, here are some of the highlights:

Huge improvements for compatibility to different COBOL dialects, better error handling and adjustable exceptions per COBOL 2002; more modern format for diagnostic messages (especially useful when used in an integrated development environment possible in Emacs, Vim, VSCodium and others) and improved source-level debugging.

Shipped with 3.0-rc1 already:
  sparse and split key support

GnuCOBOL 3.x keeps full compatibility to GnuCOBOL 2.2, you can therefore use old COBOL modules without recompile, if needed,

Getting the Software

Official source kits can be downloaded from
but we suggest to use a mirror a nearby mirror for higher
download bandwidth:

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