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Zig (programming language)

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Zig programming language logo.svg
ParadigmsMulti-paradigm: imperative, concurrent, procedural, functional
Designed byAndrew Kelley
DeveloperAndrew Kelley, Open source
First appeared8 February 2016; 5 years ago (2016-02-08)[1]
Preview release
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Typing disciplineStatic, Strong, Inferred, Structural, Generic
Platformx86 64, ARM, MIPS, x86, WebAssembly, RISC-V
LicenseMIT License
Filename extensions.zig, .zir
Influenced by
C, C++, LLVM IR, Go, Rust, JavaScript

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Zig is an imperative, general-purpose, statically typed, compiled system programming language designed by Andrew Kelley.[2][3] The language is designed for "robustness, optimality and maintainability"[4] [5] , supporting compile-time generics and reflection, cross-compilation and manual memory management.[6] A major goal of the language is to compete with (and improve upon) C,[7][8] while also taking inspiration from Rust,[9][10] among others.

Zig has many features for low level programming, notably: packed structs (structs with zero padding between fields), arbitrary width integers[11] and multiple pointer types.[12]

The compiler is written in Zig and C++, using LLVM 11[13] as a back-end,[14][15] supporting many of its native targets.[16] The compiler is free and open source software under the MIT License.[17] The Zig compiler exposes the ability to compile C and C++, similar to Clang by using the command "zig cc" and "zig c++", respectively.[18] The Nim programming language supports the use of zig cc as a C compiler.[19]


Hello World[edit]

const std = @import("std");

pub fn main() !void {
    const stdout = std.io.getStdOut().writer();
    try stdout.print("Hello, {}!\n", .{"world"});

Generic linked list[edit]

pub fn main() void {
    var node = LinkedList(i32).Node {
        .prev = null,
        .next = null,
        .data = 1234,

    var list = LinkedList(i32) {
        .first = &node,
        .last = &node,
        .len = 1,

fn LinkedList(comptime T: type) type {
    return struct {
        pub const Node = struct {
            prev: ?*Node,
            next: ?*Node,
            data: T,

        first: ?*Node,
        last:  ?*Node,
        len:   usize,

See also[edit]

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  • Nim
  • Rust
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  1. Kelley, Andrew. "Introduction to the Zig Programming Language". andrewkelley.me. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  2. "Zig has all the elegant simplicity of C, minus all the ways to shoot yourself in the foot". JAXenter. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  3. "Tired of C? New programming language Zig aims to be more pragmatic and readable". 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  4. Yegulalp, Serdar (2016-08-29). "New challenger joins Rust to topple C language". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  5. "Zig language and C". Sina Corp. 2020-07-12. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  6. "The Zig Programming Language". ziglang.org. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  7. "Mozilla's Observatory, the Zig programming language, and uSens' VR/AR SDK—SD Times news digest: Aug. 29, 2016". SD Times. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  8. "The Zig Programming Language". ziglang.org. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  9. Company, Sudo Null. "Sudo Null - IT News for you". SudoNull. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  10. Kelley, Andrew. "Unsafe Zig is Safer Than Unsafe Rust". andrewkelley.me. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  11. Tim Anderson 24 Apr 2020 at 09:50. "Keen to go _ExtInt? LLVM Clang compiler adds support for custom width integers". www.theregister.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  12. "Documentation - The Zig Programming Language". ziglang.org. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  13. "SD Times news digest: C++20 concepts in Visual Studio 2010 version 16.3, Bootstrap to drop IE support, and Zig 0.60 released". SD Times. 2020-04-14. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  14. "A Reply to _The Road to Zig 1.0_". www.gingerbill.org. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  15. ziglang/zig, Zig Programming Language, 2020-02-11, retrieved 2020-02-11
  16. "The Zig Programming Language". ziglang.org. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  17. "ziglang/zig". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  18. "0.6.0 Release Notes · The Zig Programming Language". ziglang.org. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  19. "Add support for 'zig cc' as C compiler. by hessammehr · Pull Request #13757 · nim-lang/Nim". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-04-19.

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