List of BASIC dialects

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This is an alphabetical list of BASIC dialects – interpreted and compiled variants of the BASIC programming language. Each dialect's platform(s), i.e., the computer models and operating systems, are given in parentheses along with any other significant information.



1771-DB BASIC Allen-Bradley PLC industrial controller BASIC module; Intel BASIC-52 extended with PLC-specific calls. 64K BASIC Cross-platform, interactive, open-source interpreter for microcomputer BASIC.


ABasiC (Amiga) Relatively limited. Initially provided with Amiga computers by MetaComCo. ABC BASIC designed for the ABC 80 and ABC 800 line of computers designed by Dataindustrier AB and manufactured by Luxor AB (including ABC 802, ABC 806 etc.). ACE (AmigaAGK Script,) A Compiler for Everyone – Freeware, AmigaBASIC compatible, has extra features, some of which exploit the Amiga's hardware and operating system. AGK Script The primary scripting language of the AppGameKit descended from DarkBASIC. Advan BASIC For the Atari home computer, disk based, containing BASIC, compiler, screen design and utilities. Released to public domain July, 2006 Advanced BASIC (a.k.a. BASIC Advanced, Advanced BASIC) (DOS on the PC) by Microsoft. Available in ROM on IBM PCs. Later disk based versions for IBM PC DOS. AllegroBASIC Discontinued variant aimed at using the Allegro library. AlphaBasic Altair BASIC (a.k.a. MITS 4K BASIC, MITS 8K BASIC, Altair Disk Extended BASIC) (Altair 8800, S-100) – Microsoft's first product Altair Disk Extended BASIC See Altair BASIC Amiga BASIC (Amiga) Somewhat easier than ABasiC, see MS BASIC for Macintosh. AmiBlitz (Amiga) Open-source version of Blitz BASIC. AMOS BASIC (Amiga) For the Amiga, made for game programming. A descendant of STOS BASIC on the Atari ST. Later derivatives included AMOS Professional (a.k.a. AMOS Pro) and Easy AMOS. ANSI Standard for the programming language Minimal BASIC X3.60-1978, a 1978 standard for minimal features, and X3.113-1987, the full BASIC standard; rarely implemented fully. Apple BASIC (Apple I) See: Integer BASIC Apple Business BASIC (Apple III) Applesoft BASIC (Apple II series) Based on the same Microsoft code that Commodore BASIC was based on. Standard on the Apple II Plus/Apple II Europlus and all later models of the Apple II family. ARMbasic BASIC compiler for ARM processors, ported to a number of popular ARM development PCBs. APU BASIC version of SORD CBASIC for the M23 with arithmetic processor Aribas interactive interpreter for big integer arithmetic and multi-precision floating point arithmetic with a Pascal/Modula-like syntax. It has several builtin functions for algorithmic number theory like gcd, Jacobi symbol, Rabin probabilistic prime test, factorization algorithms (Pollard rho, elliptic curve, continued fraction, quadratic sieve), etc. ASIC (DOS on the PC) Assembler PICAXE chip language Atari 2600 Basic Programming (Atari 2600 video game console) SuperCharger Disk BASIC (Atari 2600 video game console) StarPath SuperCharger cartridge plus disk-based extensions. Atari BASIC (Atari 8-bit) The standard cartridge-based interpreter for the Atari 400/800 computers and successors. On later machines this was built into the ROM. Atari Microsoft BASIC (Atari 8-bit) ROM cartridge plus disk-based extensions. AT&T interpreter and compiler for the AT&T UNIX PC (3B1). AttoBasic ROM-resident interpreter, executes from on-chip RAM (Atmel AVR) Atom BASIC (Acorn Atom) AutoIt (Microsoft Windows) automates other programs, e.g. with simulated mouse clicks. Interpreted. GUI. Creates EXEs.


B32 Business Basic (Data General Eclipse MV, Unix, DOS) B4A,B4i,B4J,B4R,B4X (Suite of programs by Anywhere Software with IDE running on Microsoft Windows that compiles code for ANDROID | IOS | WINDOWS | MAC | LINUX | ARDUINO | RASPBERRY PI | ESP8266/ESP32) BaCon (Unix, BSD, macOS) – Basic to C converter implemented both in BaCon(for good performance) and shell script(for bootstrapping). BAIT short for BASIC (Almost) InTerpreter was an experimental BASIC interpreter written in Atari (8-bit) BASIC for Compute! Magazine by Bill Wilkinson. Bas (Unix) – Interpreter for the classic BASIC dialect Bas7 (Unix, Linux, BSD, Microsoft Windows, macOS) A BASIC interpreter, written in Seed7, which is compatible to GW-BASIC and other old BASIC dialects Banna Basic (Microsoft Windows) – putatively under development by Leodescal Softwares; the first officially launched version is supposed to produce stand-alone executables Microsoft BASCOM MBASIC-compatible BASIC compiler by Microsoft BASCOM-AVR, BASCOM-8051, BASCOM-LT BASIC compilers by Mark Alberts for the 8051 and AVR chips, see also BASCOM (BASIC compiler) Basic+ programming language for OpenInsight BASIC 2.0 (see Commodore BASIC) BASIC 7.0 (see Commodore BASIC) BASIC A+ (Atari 8-bit ) – An extended BASIC by Optimized Systems Software BASIC Advanced See IBM BASICA BASIC Programming (Atari CX-2620) – A simple version of BASIC for the Atari 2600 Video Computer System BASIC XE (Atari 8-bit) – An enhanced version of BASIC XL, by Optimized Systems Software BASIC XL (Atari 8-bit) – Improved BASIC for the by Optimized Systems Software Basic4GL Fast interpreter meant for OpenGL graphical programming, especially games BASIC-11 (DEC PDP-11, RSX-11) Basic-256 (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix) – BASIC IDE with text and graphics output, written to introduce children to programming. Originally known as KidBASIC. BASIC-52 BASIC for the Intel 8052 microcontroller chip BASIC-68K structured BASIC for the SORD M68/M68MX computers running in CP/M-68K mode BASIC-E (a.k.a. submarine BASIC) (CP/M) BASIC-II structured BASIC for 8-bit SORD computers BASIC Plus 2 (DEC PDP-11: RSTS/E, RSX-11) BASIC-PLUS (DEC PDP-11: RSTS/E) BASIC/UX HP BASIC for HP-UX, version of Rocky Mountain BASIC BASIC/WS HP BASIC Workstation BASIC/Z (CP/M, MDOS) BASIC09 (OS-9 and OS-9 68K on Motorola 6809 and 68K CPUs, respectively) BASICA (a.k.a. BASIC Advanced, Advanced BASIC) (DOS on the PC) by Microsoft. Available in ROM on IBM PCs. Later disk based versions for IBM PC DOS. BASICODE (Many 8-bit home computers, including KC 85) A subset common to many platform-specific BASICs, enabling interoperability. Basic For Qt (macOS, Linux and Windows) – Platform independent BASIC. Object-oriented Visual Basic-like Basic variant. Based on Qt. (previously, KBASIC) BasiEgaXorz (Sega Genesis) – for the Sega Genesis batari BASIC version primarily used for homebrew Atari 2600 development. BBC BASIC Originally for the Acorn/BBC Micro, but has since been ported to RISC OS, Tiki 100, Cambridge Z88, Amstrad NC100, CP/M, ZX Spectrum, DOS, Microsoft Windows and many others. A GPL clone of BBC BASIC named Brandy written in portable C is also available (RISC OS, NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, AmigaOS, DOS). Also a port made for the Commodore 64 by Aztec Software, written by Julian Gardner. Bazic '86 See Northstar BASIC BBx (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix) – Cross-platform program development language derived from Business Basic. BCX small command line tool that inputs a BCX BASIC source code file and outputs a 'C' source code file which can be compiled with many C or C++ compilers. BEOWULF {Beginner Extended Object with Ultra Language Functionality} Beta BASIC BASIC toolkit that extended Sinclair BASIC. BetterBASIC BASIC implementation by Summit Software Technologies, first available in the early 1980s; later maintained by Michael Poremski. BI-280 Business BASIC interpreter (CP/M, MP/M) by Control C Corporation, Beaverton, Oregon. Blitz3D (Microsoft Windows) Fast compiler made for 3D game programming, with DirectX 7 support. Blitz BASIC (Amiga, Windows) – Fast compiler meant for game programming. Windows version with DirectX support. Discontinued, replaced by BlitzPlus. BlitzMax (macOS, Linux, Windows) – Fast and compact object-oriented compiler meant for several tasks, most notably Game programming with OpenGL and DirectX support (DirectX support is Windows only). BlitzPlus (Microsoft Windows) Fast compiler made for 2D game programming and WinAPI event based interpreted programming. Supports both DirectX and OpenGL. Blunt Axe Basic (a.k.a. BXBASM) (Win32, Linux) Bxbasic is presented as a programming tutorial, to develop and construct a Console Mode Scripting Engine and Byte Code Compiler. Brandy See BBC BASIC BS Basic Used on the Bandai RX-78 computer Bsisith Hebrew dialect. BT-Basic Board Test Basic, used by HP (later Agilent, then Keysight) to develop and run test programs in an in-circuit test environment BURP Basic Using Reverse Polish, used by the very early PSI Comp 80 "scientific computer", as published in the British radio enthusiasts magazine Wireless World Business Basic name given collectively to BASIC variants which were specialized for business use on minicomputers in the 1970s. bwBASIC See Bywater BASIC BWBASIC "ByteWide BASIC", a stand-alone Z-80 bitwise port of Tiny BASIC - co developed by Pro-Log Corporation and ByteWide Systems, Australia. Intended for control applications. BXBASM See Blunt_Ane_Basic Bywater BASIC (a.k.a. bwBASIC) – an open source interpreter for DOS and POSIX. Bwbasic contains only a small portion of the ANSI BASIC commands. Its main advantage is that one can also use shell commands in programs, an unusual feature in any BASIC implementation. It could theoretically be used as the main shell on a DOS or POSIX system, with some advantages.


CA-Realizer dialect similar to VisualBasic by Computer Associates, last version 3.0, no longer under development/supported Caché Basic One of the two scripting languages in the Caché Database CARDBASIC version of BASIC operated by cards available in Dartmouth when that language was created and described in the original manual Casio BASIC used in Casio calculators Cassette BASIC An interpreter on IBM and IBM-compatible PCs to which the machine will default if no operating system is detected. CBASIC (CP/M, DOS) BASIC-E successor. CBASIC standard interpreter for 8-bit SORD computers (M23, M68 in Z80 mode, etc.), a.k.a. APU BASIC when the arithmetic processor is installed cbasPad Pro See HotPaw Basic CBM BASIC See Commodore BASIC CellularBASIC Java ME open-source on-phone mobile interpreter for Java-enabled handheld devices, mobiles, smartphones, and PDAs Chinese BASIC Several Chinese-translated BASIC versions developed in the early 1980s. Chipmunk Basic (Apple Macintosh, CLI ports for Win32, Linux) – copyrighted freeware CGIbasic small and fast interpreter for web-scripting. CipherLab Basic tool to develop application programs for CipherLab 8 Series Mobile Computers using BASIC programming language CocoaBasic (macOS) – Object-oriented dialect for using the Cocoa Framework CognosScript (IBM Corporation Cognos) Similar to Visual Basic, used in Cognos business intelligence applications. Color BASIC (Tandy, RadioShack TRS-80 Color Computer) Commodore BASIC (a.k.a. CBM BASIC) (Various computers in CBM's line of 8-bit computers) – Integrated in the ROM of CBM 8-bit computers. Built on an early version of 6502 Microsoft BASIC. Several versions existed; the best-known was Commodore Basic V2, as used in the Commodore 64. Compaq BASIC for OpenVMS DEC BASIC, renamed after DEC was acquired by Compaq. Now named VSI BASIC for OpenVMS. CoolBasic (Windows) – A variant suited for game programming with DirectX. fi:Coolbasic CPX-Basic (Atari ST) – An enhanced port of Chipmunk Basic running as a control panel inside Atari's XControl. Creative Basic (Windows) Cubloc Basic (Comfile Technologies) – Interpreter for the Cubloc controller (Cybiko) Interpreter for the Cybiko Handheld Computer for Teens Cybiko B2C (Cybiko) – A BASIC to C compiler for the Cybiko Handheld Computer for Teens Cypress BASIC (Windows) – a royalty-free VBA compatible scripting engine embedded, e.g., within HP's AssetCenter product for implementing customizations


D3/Pick See: Pick/BASIC for use on the Pick Operating System DAI BASIC a very early BASIC interpreter for the Intel 8080 based DAI Personal Computer that used java-like pre-compilation. DarkBASIC & DarkBASIC Professional (Windows) – Efficient compiler for game programming. Dartmouth BASIC the original BASIC version. It was a compiler. Later versions included MAT statements for matrix operations. See also True BASIC. Data General Business Basic (Data General Nova and later DG minicomputers) Data/BASIC See: Pick/BASIC for use on the Pick Operating System Databasic See: Pick/BASIC for use on the Pick Operating System DBASIC fast nonstandard BASIC for the Atari ST written entirely in machine language DEC BASIC Formerly VAX BASIC; renamed after VAX/VMS was ported to Alpha processors and renamed OpenVMS. Now named VSI BASIC for OpenVMS due to corporate acquisitions. Decimal BASIC Japanese multi-platform Basic interpreter compatible almost 100% with ISO/IEC 10279:Full BASIC 1991 or later Dr. T's T-BASIC (Atari ST) – A BASIC variant for the ST designed specifically to interface with a high-end MIDI sequencer. DragonBASIC for GBA handheld video game; also useful for Nintendo DS homebrew. Dragon Basic is a sort of cross-compiler with IDE that runs on Microsoft Windows. D-Lib for (Microsoft Windows) is a Freeware BASIC compiler that creates bytecode executables.


Easy AMOS See AMOS BASIC Emergence Basic (Windows) Envelop Basic (Windows) – Visual Basic 3 clone. Envision Basic Epson SPEL+ (Windows) – SPEL+ is a BASIC-like programming language that runs in the Epson robot controllers. It supports multitasking, motion control, and I/O control. ESP8266 BASIC (ESP8266 and NodeMCU) - An open-source basic interpreter specifically tailored for the internet of things. Self-hosting browser-based development environment. ethosBASIC (Windows) – ethosBASIC is a new BASIC development system made to create computer games. Extended Color BASIC (TRS-80 Color Computer and Dragon 32/64)


FaST Basic (Atari ST) Famicom BASIC (Nintendo Entertainment System) – For the Nintendo Entertainment System. FBSL (Windows, Linux on Wine) – FREESTYLE Basic Script Language FirST Basic (Atari ST) FreeBASIC (DOS (DPMI32), MS Windows, Xbox, Linux, FreeBSD) – An open source (GPL) BASIC compiler, that employs a similar syntax to QuickBASIC's, with more advanced features like pointers and object-oriented programming, it also supports a dialect specially designed to be compatible with QuickBASIC. Graphical IDEs like WinFBE and VisualFBEditor exist for the language. FutureBASIC (macOS) – Free compiled, procedural, provides access to Carbon API (Mac OS Toolbox), GUI and file system of System 6 to macOS FUZE BASIC (MS Windows, Linux, Nintendo Switch) – Highly modernized adaptation of classic BASIC also deployed on custom Raspberry Pi machines.


Galaksija BASIC (Galaksija) – Firmware version for Galaksija home computer. Gambas (Linux, Unix, Cygwin) – A rapid application development environment for BASIC on Linux by Benoît Minisini. Similar approach as Visual Basic. GamesBasic Free object-oriented BASIC variant that was meant for game programming. GBasic (DOS on the PC) – Interpreter with many graphics routines. GBasic ( on the ZVT PP 01) – Interpreter with many graphics routines, Made in Czechoslovakia 80's G-BASIC version of SORD CBASIC with SORD Graphic Language extensions for the M23 with graphics board GCBASIC (Microchip PIC, AVR & LGT (Logic Green Technologies)) – Open source compiler for 8-bit architecture PIC, AVR and LGT microcontrollers maintained by Evan R. Venn. From March 2023 Great Cow BASIC was renamed as GCBASIC. GeoBASIC (Leica TPS 1000/1100 surveying stations) geoBASIC (Commodore 64) – For use with GEOS GFA BASIC (Atari ST, Amiga, DOS, Windows) – Originally conceived on the Atari ST where it became one of the most popular BASICs for that platform (it almost became a standard language for the Atari ST). Was later ported to the Amiga, DOS and Windows. GLBasic (main target platforms: Windows, Linux, Apple iPhone, Pocket PC. IDE environment: Windows) – optimized for games Gnome Basic (Linux, Unix) – project to develop a Visual Basic compatible clone for Gnome. During development, the project was discontinued in favour of Mono. Graphics BASIC (Commodore 64) – extension to the original Commodore 64 BASIC V2. GW-BASIC (DOS and Windows) by Microsoft. BASICA compatible; independent of IBM ROM routines. Came with versions of MS-DOS before 5.0. Included music macro language and advanced loops.


HBasic (Linux, Unix) – Object-oriented open-source IDE. HBasic based on Qt IDE and a BASIC dialect. Similar approach as Visual Basic. HiSoft Basic (Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum) High Tech BASIC Version of Rocky Mountain BASIC by TransEra HotBasic (Win32, Linux) – Simple but powerful compiler, emits machine code. Supports GUI, console, CGI, and database programming. HotPaw Basic (a.k.a. yBasic, née cbasPad Pro) (Palm OS) – Interpreter with GUI and sound functions. HP BASIC The original Version of Rocky Mountain BASIC HP Instrument BASIC Another name for HP Rocky Mountain BASIC HRAST-BASIC For HP-48G/G+/GX, HP-49G and HP-49G+/50G calculators. HP BASIC for OpenVMS Originally VAX BASIC; renamed to DEC BASIC after VAX/VMS was ported from VAX to Alpha processors; renamed to Compaq BASIC after Compaq acquired DEC; renamed to HP BASIC for OpenVMS name after HP acquired Compaq. Now known as VSI BASIC for OpenVMS. HP Basic version on the HP 39 and 40 programmable calculators. HP Time-Shared BASIC (HP 2100 line of minicomputers) HTBasic Version of Rocky Mountain BASIC by TransEra Hummingbird Basic The automation facility in Hummingbird Connectivity; it replaced WinWrap Basic after version 4 HuBASIC For the Samsung SPC-1000, Sharp MZ-700 and Sharp X1, written in 1982 by Hudson Soft in Japan.


IBasic (Windows) – With Windows API and DirectX support. IBM Cassette BASIC (PC) – Built into the first IBM PCs. Ran independently of DOS and used audio cassettes as a storage medium. IBM VS-BASIC Mainframe hybrid compiler/interpreter implementation frequently used with such operating systems as McGill University's MUSIC/SP. ICPL (Computervision CADDS-2/VLSI) – Interpreter tied into an integrated circuit design database. INFOBASIC Used on Prime Computers, a variant of Pick BASIC for use on the Pick Operating System Integer BASIC (Apple II series) – Steve Wozniak's own creation. Originally known simply as "Apple BASIC". For the BASICs available at the time, it was very fast and memory-efficient. Only supported integers. Came as standard on the Apple I and original Apple II Initial Programming Language (Windows) Uses dialog boxes for every command and directs essential message queue messages to predefined functions discarding the rest. Tries to keep to the spirit of simple home computer BASICs rather than a fully featured language like Visual Basic. Internet Basic Written for use with the Comet system. Both were created by Signature Systems. IS-BASIC The interpreter of the Enterprise 64 and 128 home computers, written by Intelligent Software Ltd. IWBasic (Windows) A version of Basic that generates native machine code so no runtime libraries are needed. iziBasic (Palm OS) Easy-to-use compiler that runs on Palm OS devices and emits stand-alone programs. Includes terminal mode and support for Palm OS GUI.


Jabaco simple object-oriented programming language to build applications/applets on the Java Framework. JSBasic Converts Applesoft BASIC into browser ready JavaScript. Just BASIC restricted "free" version of Liberty BASIC (Windows only) JBasic a "classic" implementation of BASIC written entirely in Java. JR-BASIC used on the Matsushita JR series home computers jvmBasic An implementation of BASIC which compiles to Java Bytecode


Kool-Bee See KoolB KoolB (short for Kool-Bee) (Windows, Linux) – Open-source compiler, minimal, made mainly for learning purposes. KBasic Basic for Qt


Liberty BASIC (Windows, Macintosh, Linux) – Traditional structured BASIC with extensions for desktop GUI programming. LikeBASIC (Windows) – Basic interpreter component for applications in the .NET framework environment Locomotive BASIC (Amstrad CPC, Amstrad NC100) – built into the ROM, (ZX Spectrum +3) on CP/M disk LotusScript (IBM Lotus Notes) LowRes Coder (iOS)—App to create retro-style games or demos in BASIC. Luxor Basic (Luxor ABC 80) Learn to Program BASIC (Windows 95–98, Macintosh 7.5–9) – youth-oriented version, with interactive lessons to teach the user how to program LxBasic (Linux) Freeware Free compiler and runtime compatible with Theos MultiUser Basic


M2000 Interpreter dual vocabulary (Greek-English) Interpreter in own environment - Open Source- Written in Vb6. MacBASIC Apple's original BASIC for the Macintosh, released as Beta software and discontinued due to a deal with Microsoft MAI Basic Four Business Basic (misc. minicomputers) Mallard BASIC (Amstrad PCW, ZX Spectrum +3 on CP/M) – Similar to Locomotive BASIC MapBasic procedural language used specifically for GIS programs. MasmBasic over 300 BASIC-style macros for the Microsoft Macro Assembler; requires the Masm32 package. MBASIC (CP/M) – Further development of OBASIC, also by Microsoft. MBasic was one of the BASICs developed by Microsoft. Came with a line editor. MELFA BASIC used by certain Mitsubishi robots and simulation packages. METRIC-BASIC also known as Uppsala-BASIC MelloCOMPLEX Based on "COMPLEX", a variant of BASIC MICOL BASIC Compiled Basic based upon elements of C for the Apple ] MITS 4K BASIC Altair BASIC MITS 8K BASIC Altair BASIC MMBasic The GWBasic Clone used by the Maximite Microcomputer Mobile BASIC (Java enabled mobile phones) MOLE Basic (DOS on the PC) – Merty's Own Language Extension BASIC Moonrock Basic Compiler (DOS on the PC) – Small compiler Monkey (Supports various platforms, see page for details) – A simple but powerful programming language built primarily for game programming by Blitz Research. Morfik Basic Object-oriented dialect that can used to create Web applications, server and browser client-side code. (Web) MS BASIC for Macintosh (macOS) MSX BASIC (MSX) – by Microsoft MTBASIC (CP/M, DOS) Multitasking BASIC compiler by Softaid MyBasic Custom BASIC language interpreter written in C in three days.


N82-BASIC (Old NEC PC8201/8201A) N88-BASIC (Old NEC PC8801/9801) – Japan's most popular BASIC based on Microsoft's one N.A.M.E. Basic compiles into bytecode to run on the Java Virtual Machine. Can also run in interpreted mode on the JVM Nevada BASIC Ellis Computing Eight-bit CP/M, had 12 digit precision and matrix operations. A port of Processor Technology 8 KB BASIC NEXTBasic Customized BASIC language for the Sega Genesis. NorthStar BASIC (Processor Technology, NorthStar Horizon, later adapted to x86 as Bazic '86) and S.A.I.L.B.O.A.T. (a basic optimized for Z80 and X86 MS-DOS) NS Basic (Newton OS, Symbian OS, Palm OS, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, Microsoft Windows ) – IDE and Bytecode-interpreter nuBASIC (Linux, Microsoft Windows ) – Interpreter written in C++11 for educational purposes.


Oasis Basic see THEOS Multi-User Basic OBASIC (CP/M) – by Microsoft Omikron Basic (Atari ST, macOS) – Originally developed by Omikron Software for Atari ST. In Germany it was bundled with new Atari STs for a long time. Was later ported to the classic Mac OS and was further developed for macOS. OpenBASIC developed by MAI Systems Corporation, Inc. Open Programming Language OPL (Symbian OS phones and PDAs) – Originally developed for Psion's product line of organisers and PDAs. OPL used to stand for Organiser Programming Language but after becoming open source in 2003, it was renamed. Available for most of Psion's classic organisers and PDAs, Nokia 9210/9290/9300/9500 Communicators and Sony Ericsson P800/P900/P910. OWBasic (Pocketviewer (Casio pda)) – Fast compiler/interpreter system, Open Source


Panoramic (computer language) For Windows, able to handle 3D world and many Windows objects. Parrot BASIC For the Parrot virtual machine; V 1.0 is modeled on GW-BASIC, V 2.0 is modeled on Microsoft QuickBASIC version 4.5 PBASIC for use with the Parallax BASIC Stamp microcontroller PeayBASIC hand-written interpreter in C# for simple text and graphics output Phoenix Object Basic (Linux, Unix) – free, includes GUI builder PIC BASIC for use with microcontrollers PIC BASIC Pro aka PBP – for use with PIC microcontrollers PICAXE BASIC for use with PICAXE microcontrollers Pick/BASIC (a.k.a. Data/BASIC, Databasic) (Pick operating system) – a BASIC version, extended for business use, and embedded into the Pick environment and variants. PlayBASIC (Microsoft Windows) – Fast and feature rich, focused on 2D game development. PowerBASIC (DOS, Win16, Win32) – free and commercial compilers for DOS and Windows, which focus on fast compile speeds and small binaries. They are Turbo Basic successors. Processor Technology 5 KB and 8 KB BASICs. Created for the SOL-20 computer, but widely ported to other platforms as Processor Technology published the 8080 source code. Nevada BASIC (CP/M) and Utah BASIC were the latest ports. Profan (Windows) – easy to use, interpreted Professional Development System (PDS) A superset of Microsoft QuickBASIC targeted at professional software developers. ProvideX (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix) – Cross-platform program development language derived from Business Basic PSX Chipmunk BASIC (PlayStation) – For the PlayStation PureBasic (Microsoft Windows (x86, x64), Linux (x86, x64), AmigaOS, macOS (x64, arm64 Apple silicon) and Raspberry Pi (arm32, arm64)) – Cross-platform program development language, 32 & 64bit. Fast compiler with many functions that creates fast and small standalone native executables which do not require runtime DLLs. It compiles with FASM or a C compiler, and has inline support. PyBASIC An interactive BASIC interpreter written in Python.


QB64 (Windows, Linux and macOS) – Self-hosting BASIC compiler for Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS. Aims at full compatibility with Microsoft QBasic and QuickBASIC. BASIC code is translated to C++ and then compiled to executable form. An event driven GUI builder named InForm exists for QB64. QBasic (DOS on the PC) – by Microsoft. Subset of QuickBASIC. Came with versions of MS-DOS from 5.0 to 6.22. Also included with DOS 7 (what Windows 95 runs on,) and available from the install CD of Windows 98. QuickBASIC (DOS on the PC) by Microsoft. An evolution of BASICA/GW-BASIC to block-structured lexical syntax that does not require line numbers, with many added intrinsic functions and language features (e.g. loop and conditional control constructs, file modes, and mixed-language programming support). Has an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), intended to compete with Borland Turbo language products (e.g. Turbo BASIC and especially the contemporarily popular Turbo Pascal). Mostly backward-compatible with BASICA source code. Includes a compiler and linker, and produces MS-DOS executables. Released in versions 1.0, 2.0. 3.0. 4.0, & 4.5. QuickBASIC 4.5 was released in 1988. The QuickBASIC 4.5 IDE includes an interpreter, syntax checking, debugging aids, and online help including a full language reference. Quite BASIC Web-based classic BASIC programming environment. No download or signup necessary. Introduced in 2006.


RapidQ (Windows, Linux, Solaris/SPARC and HP-UX) – Free, borrowed from Visual Basic. Useful for graphical interfaces. Works mainly with QuickBASIC instructions. (Cross-platform, free, no longer being developed). Semi-OO interpreter. Includes RAD IDE. RBScript (Macintosh, macOS, Linux and Windows) – Scripting language based on REALbasic. RC Basic (Windows, Linux, Android) – Basic Compiler geared towards game development similar to SDLBasic. REALbasic (Macintosh, macOS, Linux and Windows) – Platform independent BASIC. Object-oriented Visual Basic-like Basic variant. Currently known as Xojo. Revelation BASIC or R/Basic (DOS on the PC) – A variant of Pick/Basic used on the Revelation DBMS and successors. RFO BASIC! (Android) – Dartmouth Basic for Android. Also called BASIC! and BASIC! Super User. RM Basic A BASIC provided by Research Machines for their early Nimbus range of PCs RobotBASIC (Windows) – Free BASIC interpreter and Robotic Simulator for the Windows OS that allows for Gaming and GUI graphical programming. New version will also compile to stand alone executables. Rocky Mountain BASIC created by HP to control instruments through HP-IB Run BASIC (macOS, Linux, and Windows) – Free interactive web server-based version of Liberty BASIC


S-BASIC "Structured" BASIC, came with Kaypro CP/M systems S.A.I.L.B.O.A.T. SAIL Basic on Another Tack (CP/M, DOS Z80, X86, pseudo interpreted, Northstar Basic Compatible, B-Tree File System) S.I.C.K. The Symbolic Instruction Code Kit is a pseudo-BASIC interpreter written in QB64. Archived 2018-08-19 at the Wayback Machine SAM BASIC (SAM Coupé) SecondBASIC BASIC development environment for the Sega Genesis. SAX Basic Simple API for XML SBAS "Structured BASIC" popular in British schools in 1980s & 90s. Written by Bryan Tackaberry of SPA Ltd to run on RM plc computers. S-BASIC developed for Nokia 9300 and Nokia 9500 Communicator. Development not finished, stopped with version 0.9. ScriptBasic Cross platform (ANSI C) Open source embeddable interpreter/API. The ScriptBasic project is primarily an embeddable scripting API with examples of a command line interpreter and multi-threaded HTTP application server running as a service. sdlBasic Free, multiplatform, based on core of wxBasic, but uses the SDL library. SEGA BASIC SEGA version of BASIC dedicated to SEGA SC-3000 computer Sharp BASIC (Sharp pocket computers) Simons' BASIC A cartridge-based utility that added 114 additional keywords to the standard BASIC 2.0 on the Commodore 64 computer Simple BASIC for Windows R3 Intermedia Language version Traditional BASIC, made for scientific purpose. SIMPOL Object-oriented, made to emit code for Windows, Linux, macOS Sinclair BASIC (ZX80, ZX81/TS1000, ZX Spectrum, Timex Sinclair 2068, Ringo R470, Lambda 8300) SmallBASIC (Android, Windows, Linux, DOS, Palm OS, etc.) – A small open source GPL-ed interpreter. Small Basic (Windows) – by Microsoft DevLabs Team. smart BASIC for iOS SmartBASIC (Coleco Adam) SmileBASIC A retro dialect of BASIC used in Petit Computer (for the DSi) and SmileBASIC (for the 3DS) Sony BASIC for the Sony SMC-70 SOBS (ICT 1900 series) Southampton BASIC System Softworks Basic (Win32, Visual Studio.Net, Linux, Unix) – a superset of AlphaBasic SpecBAS An enhanced Sinclair BASIC interpreter for modern PCs. Spectacle BASIC (Microsoft Windows – can be recompiled for macOS, Linux and AmigaOS) an open source, interpreted Spiderbasic SpiderBasic is a new web client-side programming language based on established BASIC rules. Its allows development of very complex, windowed based web applications, including mobile app for iOS and Android. SQABasic For the Rational Software designed for Robot Script StarBasic StarOffice Basic StarOffice Basic (a.k.a. StarBasic) (, StarOffice) ST BASIC (Atari) (Atari ST) – This came with the Atari ST STOS BASIC (Atari ST) – For Atari ST made for game programming. Predecessor of AMOS BASIC on the Amiga. Submarine BASIC BASIC-E SuperBASIC (Sinclair QL) Super Game System BASIC For Windows 10 Is Basic Implementation for learning and creating simple games. SV extended BASIC (Spectravideo) – For Spectravideo 318/328, by Microsoft.


T-BASIC BASIC dialect used on the Wang 2200T and its Soviet Russian clone, the Iskra (Spark) 226. T-BASIC Version of Microsoft BASIC used on the Toshiba Pasopia. TBASIC Version of BASIC used for software development on ATTI's family of BRAT test systems Tektronix For the 4050 series computers, extensive graphics commands Terminal-BASIC Pure interpreter, written in C++11. Supports large subset of Minimal BASIC, runs on Arduino, Linux, Windows. Free software (GPL3, LGPL3). Project page. THEOS Multi-User Basic (THEOS operating system) thinBasic interpreter for Microsoft Windows TI BASIC (note: no hyphen) (TI-99/4A) TI Extended BASIC (TI-99/4A) TI-BASIC (note: hyphen) (Texas Instruments programmable calculators) Tibbo Basic (Tibbo microcontrollers) Tiger-BASIC High speed multitasking, for microcontrollers of the BASIC-Tiger family. Tiny BASIC (any microcomputer, but mostly implemented on early S-100 bus machines) – Minimalist version which source code was smaller than this article, used on low-memory platforms. TML BASIC (Apple IIGS) – A compiled BASIC with a GUI hosted IDE for writing native GUI apps. Touch Basic (Android) A BASIC variant optimized for a touchscreen. TRS-80 Level I BASIC (TRS-80) – based on Tiny BASIC. TRS-80 Level II BASIC (Tandy / RadioShack TRS-80) – based on Microsoft BASIC TRS-80 Model 100 BASIC (TRS-80 Model 100) – based on Microsoft BASIC, with special support for the RAM file store, LCD display, and other built-in hardware of the TRS-80 Model 100 and Tandy 102 portable computers True BASIC (DOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, Unix) – Direct descendant of the original BASIC, Dartmouth BASIC, marketed by its creators. Strictly standards-compliant. Turbo Basic (Commodore 64) – Added 55 commands to the C64 BASIC, Released by Aztec Software, written by Julian Gardner. Turbo Basic (DOS on the PC) – Commercial compiler by Borland. (BASIC/Z successor) (see PowerBASIC) Turbo-Basic XL (Atari 8-bit) – Freeware interpreter and compilerbased on Atari BASIC. Even this slower interpreter was about four times faster than the built-in BASIC. Written by Frank Ostrowski, the person who then developed GFA BASIC. Came from Happy Computer. TxBasic (Linux) Compiler and runtime compatible with Theos MultiUser Basic with extended features Tymshare SuperBasic (SDS 940)


ugBASIC An isomorphic and open source language, fully documented and designed to develop portable programs, without sacrificing efficiency. With a single source it is therefore possible to create games for numerous 8 bit platforms. UBASIC (DOS on the PC) – Interpreter with many mathematical routines. Strong emphasis on number theory. Can work with many-digit numbers, complex numbers. UniBASIC dialect that is part of the UniData database, with a strong focus on data access and manipulation. UniVerse dialect that is part of the UniVerse database, with strong focus on data access and manipulation. Uppsala-BASIC also known as METRIC-BASIC Utah BASIC Ellis Computing, had 12-digit precision and matrix operations. MS-DOS port of the Processor Technology 8K BASIC. See Nevada BASIC.


VAX BASIC DEC's BASIC-Plus-2 ported to VAX/VMS VBA See Visual Basic for Applications VBS See VBScript VBScript (a.k.a. VBS, Visual Basic Script, Visual Basic Scripting Edition) – A subset of Visual Basic used in ASP, Internet Explorer, or under Windows using the Windows Script Host (WSH) as a general-purpose scripting language. VBScript is often used as a replacement for DOS batch files. Vilnius BASIC (Elektronika BK-0010-01, BK-0011M and UKNC computers) Vintage BASIC Cross-platform, open-source interpreter for microcomputer BASIC, written in Haskell. Visual Basic (Windows) – Microsoft's object-oriented dialect with rapid application development environment. Visual Basic .NET (Windows) – Version within the .NET Framework by Microsoft. Visual Basic for Applications (a.k.a. VBA) (Microsoft Office on MS Windows and Apple Macintosh) Visual Basic Script See VBScript Visual Basic Scripting Edition See VBScript Visual Test (Originally MS-TEST) – Basic in Visual Test VSI BASIC for OpenVMS Originally released as VAX BASIC by Digital Equipment Corporation, owned by VMS Software Inc. (VSI) since 2014. Runs on the OpenVMS operating system.


Warsaw Basic Wasabi functional dialect with features such as closures, continuations and first order functions, created at Fog Creek Software as an in-house web applications development platform. Not released to public, but often features in the influential blog of Joel Spolsky, Fog Creek founder and CEO. wwwBASIC Browser based BASIC interpreter by Google. Watcom Basic Dialect by Watcom Waterloo BASIC A dialect developed at University of Waterloo WinWrap Basic VBA type third party interpreter which can be linked into programmes to give them macro/VBA functionality WordBasic versions of Microsoft Word before MS Word 97 wxBasic Open source GPL interpreter based on the platform independent wxWidgets toolkit library. For Linux, macOS (proposed), and Windows.


X11-Basic (Atari ST, Windows, Linux, Android, Raspberry Pi) – structured dialect of the BASIC programming language with graphics, sound and more. XBasic (Windows, Linux) – Open Source compiler with a GUI designer XBLite (Windows) – Open Source-compiler with integrated editor Xojo (MacOS, Linux, Windows, iOS, Raspberry Pi and Web) – Platform independent BASIC. Object-oriented Visual Basic-like Basic variant. Formerly known as REALbasic.


Yabasic (Linux, Windows and PlayStation 2) Small interpreter. (GPL) yab (BeOS, Zeta, Haiku) Adaptation of Yabasic that enables the creation of graphical programs using the BeOS API. yBasic See HotPaw Basic


ZBasic Visual Basic subset dialect for ZX microcontrollers with support for multitasking. ZBasic (Zedcor Zbasic) first released by Zedcor (Tucson, Arizona) in mid-1985. Versions were made for Apple, DOS, Macintosh CP/M and TRS-80 computers. In 1991, 32 Bit Software Inc. (Dallas, Texas) bought the DOS version and expanded it. Zedcor concentrated on the Apple Mac market and renamed it FutureBASIC. ZBasic was very fast, efficient and advanced, with BCD math precision up to 54 digits. Zeus|Basic developed for Windows and Pocket PC by KRMicros (Kronos Robotics).

BASIC extensions

BASIC extensions (a.k.a. BASIC toolkits) extend a particular BASIC.

(Platforms: APCW = Amstrad PCW; A8 = Atari 8-bit; C64 = Commodore 64; C128 = Commodore 128; Spec+3 = ZX Spectrum +3; VIC-20)

See also


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