Install PGI free Fortran compiler

The PGI Community Edition compilers are a set of no-cost, non-open-source, high performance compilers for:

  • C: pgcc (C11)
  • C++: pgc++ (C++17, Linux only)
  • Fortran: pgfortran (Fortran 2003)


If you have an older PGI compiler installed, uninstall that first to avoid license server issues–even when using the no-cost Community Edition.

Download and install PGI Community Edition:

  • Linux: sudo not required, but must be on symbolic-link-aware drive (not ExFAT)
  • Windows: Requires Visual Studio
  • MacOS is no longer supported by PGI after version 19.10.

PGI compiler is over 2 GB download. CUDA install is optional.


We assume PGI was installed under “~/.local/pgi” – add to ~/.bashrc like:

export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.local/pgi/linux86-64/2019/bin/"

Open a new terminal to use PGI pgfortran pgcc pgc++


use PGI command prompt–you may need to do

set FC=pgfortran
set CC=pgcc

Note that there is no pgc++ on Windows.

PGI on Windowss requires Visual Studio. If upgrading Visual Studio (even a minor update) after installing PGI, one may need to reinstall PGI compilers.


Typically we invoke compilers from a build system such as Meson or CMake.


Meson build system supports PGI and Flang compilers.

project('demo','fortran', meson_version: '>=0.52.0')

fc = meson.get_compiler('fortran')
if fc.get_id() == 'pgi'
  message('PGI compiler')


CMake distinguishes between PGI and Flang compilers. Set compiler-specific options in CMakeLists.txt for various Fortran compilers like:

project(myproj Fortran)


select the PGI compilers at CMake configure step:

FC=pgfortran CC=pgcc CXX=pgc++ cmake -B build

PGI Debugger

PGI 19.10 ended the “pgdbg” graphical debugger. The Java-based “pgdbg” graphical debugger was for Fortran, C and C++, including the no-cost Community Edition.