Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, HP-UX


RapidQRapid-Q is a cross platform Basic free programming language, is available for Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Linux/i386, Solaris/Sparc, and HP-UX. It generates stand alone EXE of about 300Kb. Due to the fact that it's free RapidQ has gained great success and althought the project has been abandoned by its creator William Yu in August 2000 when it has been hired by RealBasic Inc. Thousands of programmers still continue to develope with it and are still implementing new functions (sometimes re-engineering its libraries!). It has a simple IDE to help beginners creating their applications. Excellent.
There are some interesting third-party IDEs/RADs for Rapid-Q. A good point to start from is: FreeQ and this wiki. An other uselful (italian only) web site is Holyguard. Before RapidQ vanishes from the Net here you can download a package containing the original version, some usefull patches and new Includes.

Rated 4.3/5 upon 152 votes
Review updated: 2012-01-05
JohnK 2013-06-13 12:13
New download install package available at
Midiprog2000 2012-06-14 2:13
Rapidq is still a capable language. Very reliable, and easy to use.
@angros: the memory leak problem was solved in 2003 !!!
angros47 2011-07-31 17:27
RapidQ has some memory leaks, that happen when a sub/function is called. So, after a while, a program will fill all the RAM, and crash. For that reason, RapidQ should not be used for programs that are meant to work for many hours/days.
Lupomilvio 2010-08-21 14:51
I'm using Rapidq for many purpose, for my personal needs and my company needs. Some examples: tasks manager, color picker, simple games, monitoring network files, monitoring and logging internet usage removing users info.... Try it!!
JohnK 2010-03-03 10:36
For an updated site including an open source IDE written in RapidQ sample 3D code interface to FreeBasic DLL, and more go to http://rapidq.phatcode.net/

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