Intel C++ and Fortran Compilers for Windows* - Required Microsoft* development software

This article provides an overview of the Microsoft development software required to use the Intel® C++ and Intel® Visual Fortran Compilers as part of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018. For more details, refer to the product Release Notes. Abbreviated information on older versions is below.

Microsoft Development Software Requirements

To use the Microsoft Visual Studio* development environment or command-line tools to build IA-32 or Intel® 64 architecture applications, one of:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2017* Professional Edition (or higher edition) or Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2017* with 'Desktop development with C++' component installed  (NOTE! Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 does not install the C++ component by default - it must be selected under the Workloads view during installation. Refer to this article for details.)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015* Professional Edition (or higher edition) or Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015* with 'Common Tools for Visual C++ 2015' component installed (NOTE! Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 does not install the C++ component by default - you must select it using the Customize option during installation. Refer to this article for details.)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013* Professional Edition (or higher edition) or Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2013* installed
  • For Fortran only - Intel® Visual Fortran development environment based on Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Shell (included with Commercial and Academic licenses of Intel® Parallel Studio XE)
    • NOTE!Intel® Visual Fortran development environment based on Microsoft Visual Studio 2015* Shell is included with Academic and Commercial licenses for Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018 Composer Edition for Fortran Windows*.  It is not included with Evaluation licenses or the "free tools" license obtained through the free software program for students and educators. This development environment provides everything necessary to edit, build and debug Fortran applications. Some features of the full Visual Studio product are not included, such as:
      • Resource Editor (see ResEdit*, a third-party tool, for a substitute)
      • Automated conversion of Compaq* Visual Fortran projects
      • Microsoft language tools such as Visual C++* or Visual Basic*

Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions do not provide full functionality for Intel® compilers and are not recommended.

Intel® Advisor, Intel® Inspector, Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector, and Intel® VTune Amplifier, included with some editions of Intel® Parallel Studio XE, are supported from the Fortran-only development environment based on Microsoft Visual Studio Shell.

Previous Versions

The following lists Microsoft Visual Studio versions supported by previous versions of the Intel® compilers . Also noted is information on the included Fortran development environment, if any.)

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2017 (compiler 17.0) VS2012, VS2013, VS2015 (includes VS2013 Shell), VS2017 (compiler 17.0 Update 5 only)
  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2016 (compiler 16.0) VS2010, VS2012, VS2013, VS2015 (includes VS2013 Shell)
  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015 Update 4 or later (compiler 15.0.4) VS2010, VS2012, VS2013, VS2015 (includes VS2010 Shell)
  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015 Initial release through update 3 (compiler 15.0) VS2010, VS2012, VS2013 (includes VS2010 Shell)
  • Intel® Composer XE 2013 SP1 Update 1 or later (compiler 14.0.1) - VS2008, VS2010, VS2012, VS2013 (includes VS2010 Shell)
  • Intel® Composer XE 2013 SP1 initial release (compiler 14.0.0) - VS2008, VS2010, VS2012 (includes VS2010 Shell)
  • Intel® Composer XE 2013 (compiler 13.0 and 13.1) - VS2008, VS2010, VS2012 (includes VS2010 Shell)
  • Intel® Composer XE 2011 (compiler 12.0 and 12.1) - VS2005, VS2008, VS2010 (includes VS2008 Shell (12.0) or VS2010 Shell (12.1))
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 11.1 - VS2005, VS2008 (includes VS2008 Shell)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 11.0 - VS2003, VS2005, VS2008 (includes VS2005 Premier Partner Edition)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 10.1 - VS2003, VS2005, VS2008 (includes VS2005 Premier Partner Edition)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 10.0 - VS2003, VS2005 (includes VS2005 Premier Partner Edition)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 9.1 - VS2002, VS2003, VS2005 (requires separate Visual Studio)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 9.0 - VS2002, VS2003 (requires separate Visual Studio)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 8.1 - VS2002, VS2003 (requires separate Visual Studio)
  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers 8.0 - VS2002, VS2003 (requires separate Visual Studio)
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