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How to Learn C++ Programming: 6 Sites to Get Started

Simon Batt Updated 03-03-2020

Learning to program can be difficult for many, even with relatively easy programming languages. C++ is one of the “bread and butter” coding languages, and there are plenty of programming websites that can help you learn C++ for free.

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Let’s explore why you’d want to learn C++ programming and find out where you can learn it online.

Why Learn C++?

There are plenty of other easy programming languages for beginners to learn 6 Easiest Programming Languages to Learn for Beginners Learning to program is about finding the right language just as much as it's about the edification process. Here are the top six easiest programming languages for beginners. Read More . Why choose C++ in particular?

C++ is a powerful programming language that uses a “trust the programmer” motto. This design increases the chance for errors to appear during compiling, but it also gives the programmer more flexibility in how they code.

Due to this, most programs use at least a little bit of C++ code, or its cousin C. Learning C++ is also beneficial in another way—as C++ is very similar to C, you can understand and (for the most part) code in C as well.

1. Udemy: The Best Way to Learn C++ for Beginners

The Udemy website

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If you want to be taught C++ instead of poring over websites, try Udemy. Udemy is different from studying from a website, as you’ll have an instructor who will help answer your questions and guide you. This is an excellent choice if you find yourself staring in confusion at walls of code and need someone to guide you through it.

You can take a look through Udemy’s catalog of courses to find the one best suited to you. If you want to see if C++ is right for you, we recommend the C++ Tutorial for Complete Beginners course. It’s free and will teach you how to program using C++.

If you want to try something more in-depth, we also recommend Beginning C++ Programming—From Beginner to Beyond. Over 70,000 people have taken this course, which holds a 4.5/5 rating at the time of writing, and is taught by someone with 25+ years of C++ experience. It covers everything you need to know about C++, from comments and variables to input-output streams. There’s even a section dedicated to setting up C++ and making sense of the compiler errors you’ll find during your coding experience.

2. edX

The edX website

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Do you want a course with the best content, but you don’t want to pay the costs that come with such high esteem? Try edX for your learning needs. edX was set up by Harvard and MIT to provide free lessons for the public, with no need for entry fees or qualifications.

edX offers the Introduction to C++ course. The professor’s credentials don’t get much higher; your tutors for this course are Microsoft employees. Despite their high rank, they’ll help you learn C++ programming for free, with the potential to move onto Microsoft’s Intermediate and Advanced courses if you enjoy it.

The course is a little small on content; you’ll only learn C++ syntax and how to create functions. However, it is an excellent taster session for anyone unsure if they want to learn C++ thoroughly. If you do wish to continue, you can use this course as a stepping stone for Microsoft’s advanced classes.

3. LearnCpp

The LearnCpp website
LearnCpp is an excellent place for both beginners and experienced programmers to get started with C++. The author of the site has well written, thorough tutorials that cover every basic lesson to some pretty advanced stuff.

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This website is practically an entire C++ course in itself. There’s a lot of content on this website—18 chapters in total. The first 15 chapters all feature a quiz at the end, allowing you to grade your knowledge after each chapter.

Each lesson also has a comment section where fellow learners can ask questions and share knowledge. It’s also a great place to leave a comment if something has left you scratching your head.

4. CPlusPlus

The Cplusplus website

CPlusPlus is another excellent website for learning C++. Although this website also has some tutorials, its true potential shines as a reference. There are multitudes of programming concepts explained, which is helpful if a specific element is confusing you.

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This site may not be the absolute best for beginners, as its referential nature includes more jargon than LearnCpp does. However, the information contained on the website is still excellent for anyone who knows the lingo.

5. Cprogramming

The CProgramming website

In case the above websites aren’t for you, you might instead like Cprogramming. This website also includes a well-written tutorial and other goodies you can use. While this website’s tutorial isn’t as in-depth as the above examples, they are arranged in an easy-to-navigate way. If you took one look at LearnCpp’s wall of tutorials and shied away, you may find luck on this site instead.

This website also has some challenges for you to try. The basic challenges have you code a Celcius to Fahrenheit converter, while the advanced ones include coding a program which prints and runs itself.

The good thing about Cprogramming.com is the fact that it includes both tutorials for C++ as well as C. This means you can learn to code C through tutorials written by the same author.

6. Edabit

The Edabit website

Ready to put your new-found skills to the test? Edabit is a useful website for testing your C++ knowledge. It will give you a series of challenges to solve using C++, ranging from simple addition and division tasks to very hard challenges. Just be sure that C++ is selected in the drop-down at the top left before you start.

If a challenge stumps you, don’t worry. You can use the resource tab to find some useful tips on how to beat the test. If you get very stuck, you can view the solution to get a better understanding of how C++ can solve the challenge.

What makes Edabit so useful is the way it presents tests. Edabit has its own code compiler so you can write your code into the website as you would any other IDE. When you think you’ve solved the challenge with your code, the website will compile it and run a few tests on it. If you get the results it’s looking for, you pass!

Because Edabit grades you based on raw results, it won’t give you any direct advice on how to make your code cleaner. However, you can see how everyone else solved the puzzle, with an upvote option that puts the more elegant solutions at the top. You can use these upvoted solutions to better understand how to make your own code concise and straightforward.

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Getting to Know the C++ Programming Language

Hopefully, armed with these six sites, you’ll be able to get a grasp on C/C++ and start writing your programs. Just remember that when you start, the functionality should be the priority over appearance. Don’t feel dejected if your program doesn’t have a flashy UI or buttons to click; as long as you code well and make a robust program, you’re doing fine.

If you prefer to use a video as a reference, try the best code-along YouTube videos to learn programming The 9 Best Code-Along YouTube Channels to Learn Programming Ready to start coding? These YouTube channels are a great way to get started in game, app, web, and other development. Read More .

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  1. Peter
    June 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Why is there never any mention of program generators in any of these programming articles. They can help take away a lot of the drudgery involved in daytoday programming. One can can go into the generated code and make the necessary tweaks.

  2. Bih Toni
    November 27, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    thankks a lot hi'm trying tri understand programming I actually have no background please I Ann gratefull thanks

  3. Georges Theodosiou
    April 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Mr Stieben
    Please let me answer your question.
    I prefer my dear c++ Teacher's site learnccp.com. H teaches me not only by his lessons, but, most helpfully, by his answers to my question. It is that makes the difference in comparison with other tutorials.
    With regards and friendship.

  4. Enrique
    March 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I'll make use of this.

  5. Udit Pandoh
    May 16, 2015 at 7:26 am

    HI everyone the above tutorials *

  6. Udit Pandoh
    May 16, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Hi everyone the great without any duobt i have created my own website alphacpp.com it is worth to give it a look , i have created a coding station separately for you guys with a super active team to reply to any doubts though we are new in the race we are trying hard do see the site and share your vies with us thanks

    - Udit Pandoh ( founder of alphacpp.com )

  7. Virtus Musemakweli
    February 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Can you provide an update??? many thanks though!

  8. Donald Livesay
    January 27, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I have searched the internet for some real starter C++ but not one single program starts with what the hack are the symbols are for and what they do. every tutorial within the first few paragraphs jump immediately into programming. good god do you think the whole world knows C or C++. does ANY one know of such a tutorial that takes this approach that a person knows NOTHING of C. i sure would appreciate it

    • Udit Pandoh
      May 16, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Visit my site alphacpp.com and tell me what you think

  9. Aravind Krishnan
    January 26, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Hello Danny,

    Thanks a lot for the inputs! Will try the suggestions right away.
    I hope to "makeuseof" them well :)

    Cheers

    • Udit Pandoh
      May 16, 2015 at 7:28 am

      i would like to hear what you say about my site alphacpp.com

  10. sukriti rawat
    August 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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    i want my life easier in programming world . so suggest me a easier way to know the c and c++ language.if u don't mind send me the notes on my id plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .
    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • A Non E Muss
      January 11, 2015 at 12:02 am

      Are you.... d. u. m. b. ?

    • Kamal
      June 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm

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  11. sankaran
    July 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    its very nice......

  12. Agana
    April 9, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Pls. How can i increase the ISP speed in a cafe?

  13. Ali Zaid
    April 9, 2012 at 2:38 am

    HEY, Can I be the editor of this website??? What Should be the eligibility criteria??
    You Can mail me To know more about me...

    • Tina
      April 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      I'm afraid we don't presently have an opening.

  14. Alex Allain
    April 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Hi Danny, thanks for the kind words about my site, cprogramming.com. I'd be curious to hear a bit more about what you personally see lacking in the tutorials and what concrete suggestions you'd have for improving them. Feel free to reply here or shoot me an email at webmaster@cprogramming.com.

    I'm also wondering if you had a chance to check out my new ebook, Jumping into C++ (http://www.cprogramming.com/c++book/), which I believe you might like more than the free tutorials. If you're interested, you can check the table of contents and sample chapter here: http://www.cprogramming.com/c++book/jumping_into_c++_sample_toc.pdf

    By the way, to address the comment from allison - Cprogramming.com was around ten years ago :) I started the site back in 1996, and it moved to the cprogramming.com domain in 1998. It probably wasn't as easy to find though ;)

    • Danny Stieben
      April 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Alex, great to see you here!

      Thanks for the feedback! I'll see if I can do anything with your tutorials and ebook. In any case, I can contact you soon.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Alex Allain
        April 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Thanks Danny, look forward to hearing from you!

  15. cgiles
    April 6, 2012 at 9:56 am
    • Danny Stieben
      April 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

  16. Digambar mahto
    April 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Can u help me c++

    • Danny Stieben
      April 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Sorry! I know about as much as these sites! :)

  17. Wbeepy
    April 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hi, are there any open source C++ languages. It's like learning networking, you have to be able to afford the network programs first which costs are prohibitive for many people. Thx for any suggestions.

    • Danny Stieben
      April 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

      You can easily program in C++ using Linux, as all those compilers are open source. Microsoft should have a free edition of Visual Studio as well...it's just not open source.

      • cgiles
        April 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

        code blocks is free on windows and linux, and on mac you have xcode

  18. Pete
    April 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    http://www.codeacademy.com looks good for a number of programming languages.

    • Danny Stieben
      April 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Looks interesting! Thanks for the tip!

  19. Amit
    April 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Can u suggest me some best websites to learn C language?

    • Danny Stieben
      April 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

      As I mentioned in the article, Cprogramming.com offers both C and C++ tutorials, but if you need more, try [Broken Link Removed] . It's not very appealing, but it works as well.

  20. Humza
    April 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    also checkout wibit.com

    • Humza Aamir
      April 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      wibit.net, if the above link doesn't work.

      • Synfidie
        April 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        Thanks! Checking out that website.

      • Danny Stieben
        April 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

        Thanks Humza!

      • sahil waste
        April 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        hi..thanks for the link....:)
        .com is not working...

  21. allison @ cheapdanny.com
    April 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    why couldn't these sites be available 10 years ago! They would have made my life a lot easier. ;o)

    • Danny Stieben
      April 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

      If only! But the same could be said for Facebook, Gmail as we know it today, etc...basically all of Web 2.0. :)