Development tools are required to install on your system if you have planned to build software. It’s also useful for building packages on your system. Development tools contain few general useful tools like GCC, g++, make, libc6-dev and dpkg-dev packages. You need to install build-essential on Ubuntu and LinuxMint systems which include all other required packages as dependencies.
Install Development Tools
The development tools packages are available under default apt repositories for most of the Ubuntu based systems. Use the following commands to install development tools package on your Ubuntu and Linuxmint systems.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install build-essential
Check Installed Versions
After successful installation of the build-essential package on your system, let’s check installed versions of important binaries.
gcc --version gcc (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.9) 5.4.0 20160609 Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc. make --version GNU Make 4.1 Built for x86_64-pc-linux-gnu Copyright (C) 1988-2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.