Visual COBOL

Future-proof your COBOL Business Applications

The leading COBOL application development, deployment, and modernization solution for distributed systems.


Visual COBOL® provides COBOL development and integration tools – in your choice of Visual Studio or Eclipse – that offer programmers an unrivaled development experience. Use Visual COBOL to help your AppDev teams work better together and deliver new functionality faster to your business users.

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Start your trial and explore Serverless Computing, DevOps, and API Development in the cloud with Visual COBOL on Azure. Watch the technical video for an overview of these latest developer capabilities and then try it for yourself by downloading your copy of the step-by-step guide to COBOL development in Azure.

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Compile COBOL applications to Java

Compile COBOL applications to Java byte code for deployment within the Java Virtual Machine

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Compile COBOL applications to .NET

Use Visual COBOL to compile directly to Microsoft intermediate language for deployment within Microsoft .NET

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Fully featured COBOL editor

Also includes an integrated COBOL debug experience

Native code generator

Visual COBOL includes a native code generator for the leading Enterprise platforms, including Windows, Linux on Intel, Linux on Power, Linux on z systems, AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX

Mixed-language support

Integrate COBOL with C/C++, C#, VB.NET, Java, and more

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RDBMS support

Visual COBOL includes RDBMS support for Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and open source databases, including PostgreSQL

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Support for virtualized, container, and cloud environments

Visual COBOL supports COBOL deployment to industry-standard frameworks such as Docker, Amazon AWS, and integrated support for the Microsoft Azure SDK

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Advanced diagnostics tools

Visual COBOL includes easy-to-use tools including patented reversible debugging aids for RHEL Intel systems

Case Studies

Sydex Sports Software

Sydex Sports knocks it out of the park with Visual COBOL

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COBOL deployment using Docker streamlines cloud delivery, time-to-market, and DevOps practices

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Visual COBOL delivers a modern and agile development environment that boosts productivity and performance by 30 percent.

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Ready to innovate?

The Visual COBOL 5.0 Azure DevOps and Serverless Computing Walkthrough

Visual COBOL data sheet
Visual COBOL Solution brochure

Visual COBOL: A Developer's Guide to Modern COBOL

This new Micro Focus eBook is written for the COBOL, Java and .NET developer. Your mission: Start a new era of innovation powered by modern tools that bridge COBOL systems to the world of Java and .NET

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