Chipmunk Basic is a fast and reliable cross-platform
interpreter for the BASIC Programming Language.
Chipmunk Basic presents
a vintage traditional command-line console
and supports a very simple, old-fashioned, and easy-to-learn
Basic Programming Language syntax.
(Line numbers are required when using the
built-in command-line console,
but are not required in Basic programs
written using an external text editor.)
The Chipmunk Basic language also supports
a few more advanced extensions.
Free for educational and personal use.
Disclaimer: These versions of Chipmunk Basic are distributed in the
hope that they might be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND;
not even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS for ANY
(There will be bugs.)
- Mac 30th Anniversary release of
Chipmunk Basic for Mac OS X Cocoa 10.7 thru 10.9
- (Version 1.367.242 , 2014Jan24)
This Beta Test release for OS X includes a major rewrite
to support Cocoa, thus many Mac features may be missing
or broken. Please send bug reports.
- Chipmunk Basic for Mac OS X
- (version 3.6.6b0
for Mac OS X 10.6 thru 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 2012Apr)
(Includes a stand-alone application and a Terminal command-line binary.)
- Previous version Chipmunk Basic v3.6.5b3 for Mac OS X 10.6 Intel and 10.5 PPC
- Old 2008 version Chipmunk Basic v3.6.4(b8) for Mac OS X 10.x
- Old version Chipmunk Basic 3.6.3(b7) for Mac OS 9 Classic
- Chipmunk Basic for Linux/x86-64 - (version 3.6.7b5 beta)
- Chipmunk Basic for Linux/x86-64 - (version 3.6.7b4 tested)
- Chipmunk Basic for Linux/x86 - (version 3.6.6b0)
(x86/ia32 executables + man page, no source,
command-line-only port, some limited X11 graphics,
includes support matrix ops, fft's, file i/o, an sdbm database,
sockets, pipes, fork, etc. Has even been used for web cgi. )
- Chipmunk Basic for MS Windows2000/XP - (version 3.6.5b6)
(Includes a stand-alone application and a Console cmd utility.
User reports are that this version
works under 64-bit Windows 7.)
The Basic Programming Language
BASIC (an acronym for "Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction
Code") is the name of a family of related high-level programming
languages, developed circa 1963 at Dartmouth College, to provide
an accessible and easy-to-learn environment for non-science
students to understand and use computers. In the early 1980's,
the Basic programming language was built-in to the vast majority
of all personal computers sold.
- Lots more
Information on Basic Programming - including:
- History of the Basic Programming Language
- Basic Programming Language Stardards
- Source code for some old Basic programs
- Source code for many Basic interpreters and compilers
- A list of some Basic programming environments
- Wikipedia page on the
Basic Programming Language