Install Gfortran 8.1 on Linux/Mac/Windows

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Gfortran 8.1 Fortran 2018 features includes excellent coarray support.

Caveat: Newer versions of Gfortran my require recompiling other libraries linked with Fortran compiler, such as HDF5. Trivially switch between Gfortran compiler versions (or any other program versions) with update-alternatives.



GCC/Gfortran 8 for Ubuntu 18.04 is available from the Ubuntu-test PPA:

  1. add Ubuntu-test PPA
    add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
    apt update
  2. install the most recent Gfortran (similarly for gcc-8, g++-8)
    apt install gfortran-8
  3. Switch between compiler versions with update-alternatives.

A popular alternative is Linuxbrew, which is a fork of Mac homebrew.


Install the latest gcc, g++ and gfortran on Mac OS via homebrew:

brew install gcc


Install the latest gcc, g++ and gfortran on Windows


  • Ubuntu 16.04 can install up to GCC/Gfortran 7 via the PPA.
  • Ubuntu 14.04 can install up to GCC/Gfortran 6 via the PPA.

  • If you’re having errors getting any version of gfortran installed, try:
    apt-add-repository universe

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