Getting Started with LLVM

LLVM is a powerful compiler infrastructure that is used by developers to build high-performance applications. In this tutorial, we will walk through the steps involved in using LLVM to build a simple C program.

Step 1: Install LLVM The first step is to install LLVM on your computer. LLVM can be installed on a wide range of operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and macOS. You can download the latest version of LLVM from the LLVM website and follow the installation instructions provided.

Step 2: Write the C Program Once you have installed LLVM, the next step is to write a simple C program. Here’s an example program that you can use:

cCopy code#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
   printf("Hello, world!\n");
   return 0;

Save this program as hello.c.

Step 3: Compile the Program with LLVM To compile the program with LLVM, open a terminal window and navigate to the directory where you saved hello.c. Then, enter the following command:

Copy codeclang hello.c -o hello

This command will use the LLVM compiler to compile hello.c and produce an executable file called hello. The -o option specifies the name of the output file.

Step 4: Run the Program To run the program, enter the following command in the terminal window:

bashCopy code./hello

This will execute the hello program and print the message “Hello, world!” to the console.

And that’s it! You’ve just used LLVM to compile and run a simple C program. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can do with LLVM. With its powerful tools and libraries, LLVM is an ideal choice for building high-performance applications in a wide range of programming languages.

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