Definition[edit | edit source]

A software library is a collection of subroutines or classes used to develop software.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Software libraries contain code and data that provide services to independent programs. This allows the sharing and changing of code and data in a modular fashion. Some executables are both standalone programs and libraries, but most libraries are not executables. Executables and libraries make references known as links to each other through the process known as linking, which is typically done by a linker.


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