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Knez's picture
Joined: 2010 Feb 11
COBOL compiler for Mac?

Was there ever a COBOL compiler or IDE for Classic Mac OS?
If there was, I'm hereby requesting it Wink


os9er's picture
Joined: 2013 Nov 15

If one searches "COBOL compiler Mac OS" on Google, most of the results that come up point to compilers for Mac OS X. If there is one for Mac OS 9 or older, I haven't found it (yet).

Posted from my PowerBook G4/1.67GHz 17-inch (new acquisition)

WhosIt.There's picture
Joined: 2014 Aug 23

According to a forum post ...

Years and years ago, Micro Focus used to make a Cobol compiler for the Mac. This was WAY before OS X - probably back in the System 7 days. The product has long since been discontinued

So it existed, but a very quick Google search and a search of the current Micro Focus website doesn't find it.

adespoton's picture
Joined: 2015 Feb 15

If you can find my Classic Mac Code Abstract on (it was hosted on and was a horrid display of nested coloured tables), it may list the Cobol compilers that were once available and the pages where they used to be hosted in the 90s.

I'm having a bit of difficulty finding the page myself.

[edit] found it!

Unfortunately, I now recall that there was no free version of COBOL at the time.