To set up a C programming environment, you will need the following components:

A text editor: To write the source code of your C program. Examples of popular text editors are Notepad++, Sublime Text, and Visual Studio Code.

A compiler: To compile the source code into an executable program. Examples of popular compilers for C language are GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), Clang, and Microsoft Visual C++.

A terminal: To run the compiled program. On Windows, you can use the Command Prompt, while on Linux and macOS, you can use the terminal.

Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up a C programming environment on Windows:

1. Download and install a text editor of your choice.

2. Download and install a compiler. GCC is a good option and can be obtained from the MinGW website (

3. Open the Command Prompt and navigate to the directory where you have saved your C source code file.

4. Compile the source code using the following command:

5. Run the compiled program using the following command:

And that’s it! You now have a basic C programming environment set up on your Windows machine