A cbl file extension is related to the Cobol programming language and used for its source code files.

There are 2 other file types using
the CBL file extension!

cbl file icon.cbl - Microsoft Interactive Training file

cbl file icon.cbl - CD Box Labeler Pro file

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CBL file extension - Cobol language source code

What is cbl file? How to open cbl files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

The cbl file extension is associated with the Cobol programming language.

The cbl file stores Cobol source code.

COBOL is a high-level programming language first developed by the CODASYL Committee (Conference on Data Systems Languages) in 1960.

Since then, responsibility for developing new COBOL standards has been assumed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Three ANSI standards for COBOL have been produced: in 1968, 1974 and 1985. A new COBOL standard introducing object-oriented programming to COBOL, is due within the next few years.

The word COBOL is an acronym that stands for COmmon Business Oriented Language. As the the expanded acronym indicates, COBOL is designed for developing business, typically file-oriented, applications. It is not designed for writing systems programs. For instance you would not develop an operating system or a compiler using COBOL.

The default software associated to cbl file type:

COBOL IDE Project icon

Eclipse Foundation logo COBOL IDE Project  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Eclipse Foundation

COBOL IDE Project is integrated development environment for Cobol programming language based on popular Eclipse project. With COBOL IDE you can develop COBOL applications for Windows, Solaris and Linux.

Micro Focus International plc logo Liant  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Micro Focus International plc

Liant was a software for COBOL language, original produced by Liant, later acquired by Micro Focus. Probably incorporated in later products.

COBOL IDE Project for Linux picture or screenshot

Eclipse Foundation logo COBOL IDE Project for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  Eclipse Foundation

COBOL IDE Project for Linux is Integrated development environment for Cobol programming language based on popular Eclipse project.

Help how to open CBL files:

Use COBOL IDE Project to open *.cbl source code files.

How to convert file with extension CBL:

As far as we know, this .cbl file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of software applications associated to the .cbl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open cbl file, edit cbl file, convert cbl file, view cbl file, play cbl file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the cbl files.

  • Open cbl file
  • Save cbl file
  • Edit cbl file
  • Create cbl file
  • Others cbl file

Software that open cbl file - Cobol language source code

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Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with cbl file by default:
COBOL IDE Project small icon COBOL IDE Project
Other suggested software:
PSPad small icon PSPad

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