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Updated 2011.09.03 10:58 +0200


The History of C/C++ Standards

Table with history of C and C++ standards. The bolded names in separate columns contains the informal name under which the standard is known by the proramming community. You can buy and download the official standards at ISO or at your country standardization body. Often though you can find a recent draft version at the working committee, e.g. WG21 for C++ or on the internet (search is your friend).

Year C Standards  C++ Standards
201x   C1X    
2011   ISO/IEC 14882:2011[1] C++11
2007 ISO/IEC 9899:1999/Cor 3:2007
(Third correction to C99)
ISO/IEC TR 19768:2007
ISO/IEC 14882:2007[2]
2006     ISO/IEC TR 18015:2006[3]  
2004 ISO/IEC 9899:1999/Cor 2:2004
(Second correction to C99)
2003   ISO/IEC 14882:2003 C++03
2001 ISO/IEC 9899:1999/Cor 1:2001
(First correction to C99)
1999 ISO/IEC 9899:1999 C99  
1998   ISO/IEC 14882:1998 C++98
1996 ISO/IEC 9899:1990/Cor 2:1996
(Second correction to C90)
1995 ISO/IEC 9899:1990/Amd 1:1995
(Normative Amendment NA1 to C90)
1994 ISO/IEC 9899:1990/Cor 1:1994
(First correction to C90)
1990 ISO/IEC 9899:1990
(ISO ratification of C89)
1989 ANSI X3.159-1989
(also known as ANSI C)
1978 no official standard - Kernighan & Ritchie C  

Update 25th of August 2011: Updated the year for C++11 standard and added future new C standard C1X.

Update 23rd of August 2007: Bjarne Stroustrup has released an excellent paper covering C++'s recent history, Evolving a language in and for the real world: C++ 1991-2006 (PDF) .



[1] You can also download a draft version of ISO/IEC 14882:2011 from 2011-02-28.

[2] I'm assuming that ISO/IEC 14882:2007 is identical to the ISO/IEC TR 19768:2007. A first draft of C++TR1 was made in 2005.

[3] The technical report is not widely known. It deals with C++ performance.