LDC – the LLVM-based D Compiler
The LDC project aims to provide a portable D programming language compiler with modern optimization and code generation capabilities.
The compiler uses the official DMD frontends to support the latest version of D2, and relies on the LLVM Core libraries for code generation.
LDC is fully Open Source; the parts of the code not taken/adapted from other projects are BSD-licensed (see the LICENSE file for details).
Please consult the D wiki for further information: http://wiki.dlang.org/LDC
D1 is no longer available; see the 'd1' Git branch for the last version supporting it.
From a pre-built package
Linux and OS X
Some package managers include recent versions of LDC, so manually installing it might not be necessary. For several platforms, there are also stand-alone binary builds available at the GitHub release page.
The latest official releases can be downloaded from the GitHub release page.
For bleeding-edge users, we also provide the latest successful continuous integration builds.
LDC for Windows relies on the Microsoft linker. So you'll either need
(2015 is greatly encouraged; 2013 works too if you build LDC yourself)
with Visual C++, or the stand-alone
Visual C++ Build Tools.
For the latter to work, you'll need to create the environment variable
and set it to something like
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\.
Building from source
If you have a working C++ build environment, CMake, a current LLVM (>= 3.5), and libconfig available there should be no big surprises. Building LDC also requires a working D compiler, DMD and LDC are supported. (LDC 0.17 is the last version that does not need a D compiler, and for that reason we try to maintain it in the 'ltsmaster' branch).
Do not forget to make sure all the submodules (druntime, phobos, dmd-testsuite) are up to date:
$ cd ldc $ git submodule update --recursive --init
The best way to get in touch with the developers is either via the digitalmars.D.ldc forum/newsgroup/mailing list (http://forum.dlang.org) or our Gitter chat. There is also the #ldc IRC channel on FreeNode.
For further documentation, contributor information, etc. please see the D wiki: http://wiki.dlang.org/LDC
Feedback of any kind is very much appreciated!