# Writing OS Independent Code in C/C++

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A program that can interact with the operating system irrespective of the OS on which it runs.

Most of the compilers of c/c++ have the power to define macros that detect OS.

Some Macros of GCC compiler are −

• _WIN32: macros for 32 bit and 64-bit Windows OS.

• _WIN64: macros for 64-bit Windows OS.

• _UNIX: macros for UNIX OS.

• _APPLE_: macros for macOS.

Based on these macros defined, let’s create a program that will work irrespective of the OS −

## Example

Live Demo

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main() {
#ifdef _WIN32
system("dir");
#else
system("ls");
#endif
return 0;
}

## Output

This lists all files of the directory to the output screen irrespective of OS.
Published on 17-Apr-2020 12:41:12