What is GCC and minGW, and how are they related to C++ ?

C++ is a compiled language. A compiler creates executable snippets from source code that can be assembled into a program. You need to download that stuff because Jetbrains is not a compiler.

You have plenty of resources online as what a compiler does. The link is quite dated though.

MinGW is “Minimalist GNU for Windows”, The GNU toolchain is a set of apps that helps with building applications (and more). In that toolchain there is the GNU compiler collection GCC. The c++ compiler within that collection is g++.

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