Learn C

Learn the basics of the C programming language in this beginner friendly course.

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  • Time to complete

    Approx. 15 hours
  • Certificate of completion

    Included with paid plans
  • Prerequisites


About this course

The C programming language was first released in 1972, making it one of the oldest still used today. The language is in everything you do since most modern operating systems are implemented with C code, as is the main version of Python (called CPython). Get started learning C fundamentals to become a better programmer in any field of computer science.

Skills you'll gain

  • Learn key programming concepts

  • Write your own C programs

  • Use pointers to work with memory


10 lessons • 8 projects • 9 quizzes
The platform

Hands-on learning

Don’t just watch or read about someone else coding — write your own code live in our online, interactive platform. You’ll even get AI-driven recommendations on what you need to review to help keep you on track.
Animated demonstration of running code in Codecademy's learning environment

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  • Practice Projects

    Guided projects that help you solidify the skills and concepts you're learning.
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    Auto-graded quizzes and immediate feedback help you reinforce your skills as you learn.
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Frequently asked questions about C

  • The C programming language has been around for a long time. It was released in 1972, and it was the first language (after Assembly) used to build an operating system.

    C is known for its speed and efficiency. It gives developers great control over a system’s hardware components., and you’ll find it in programs that require high performance.