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Win32 Console Applications in Visual C++

A console application accepts input and sends output to the console, which is also known as the command prompt. You can create console apps to do basic work or to perform very sophisticated tasks. You can also use a console app as a proof-of-concept demonstration of functionality that you later want to incorporate into a Windows app. Console apps can communicate with other desktop apps by means of pipes or other RPC mechanisms.

Note Note

You can create console apps in the three editions of Visual Studio 2012 and in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 supports Windows Store apps only.



Walkthrough: Creating a Win32 Console Program (C++)

Describes how to create a console app.

Creating a Win32 Console Application

Provides information about console apps.