:books: Freely available programming books

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In a nutshell

  1. "A link to easily download a book" is not always a link to a free book. Please only contribute free content. Make sure it's free. We do not accept links to pages that require working email addresses to obtain books, but we welcome listings that request them.

  2. You don't have to know Git: if you found something of interest which is not already in this repo, please open an Issue with your links propositions.

    • If you know Git, please Fork the repo and send pull requests.
  3. We have 5 kinds of lists. Choose the right one:

    • Books : PDF, HTML, ePub, a based site, a Git repo, etc.
    • Courses : A course is a learning material which is not a book. This is a course.
    • Interactive Tutorials : An interactive website which lets the user type code or commands and evaluates the result (by "evaluate" we don't mean "grade"). e.g.: Try Haskell, Try Github.
    • Podcasts and Screencasts : Podcasts and screencasts.
    • Problem Sets & Competitive Programming : A website or software which lets you assess your programming skills by solving simple or complex problems, with or without code review, with or without comparing the results with other users.
  4. Make sure to follow the guidelines below and respect the Markdown formatting of the files.

  5. GitHub Actions will run tests to make sure your lists are alphabetized and formatting rules are followed. Be sure to check that your changes pass the tests.



The idea is to have:


* [An Awesome Book](
                                (blank line)
                                (blank line)
### Example
                                (blank line)
* [Another Awesome Book](
* [Some Other Book](
BAD : * [Another Awesome Book] (
GOOD: * [Another Awesome Book](
BAD : * [Another Awesome Book]( John Doe
GOOD: * [Another Awesome Book]( - John Doe
BAD : * [A Very Awesome Book](
GOOD: * [A Very Awesome Book]( (PDF)
BAD : * [A Very Awesome Book]( (PDF) Jane Roe
GOOD: * [A Very Awesome Book]( - Jane Roe (PDF)
BAD : * [Another Awesome Book]( John Doe (HTML)
BAD : * [Another Awesome Book]( John Doe (download site)
GOOD: * [Another Awesome Book]( - John Doe (HTML) [(PDF, EPUB)](
BAD : * [A Very Awesome Book]( - Jane Roe - 1970
GOOD: * [A Very Awesome Book (1970)]( - Jane Roe

GOOD: * [Will Be An Awesome Book Soon]( - John Doe (HTML) (:construction: *in process*)

GOOD: * [A Way-backed Interesting Book]( - John Doe (HTML) *(:card_file_box: archived)*


While the basics are relatively simple, there is a great diversity in the resources we list. Here are some notes on how we deal with this diversity.


Our lists provide a minimal set of metadata: titles, URLs, creators, platforms, and access notes.

Platforms and Access Notes


The first rule in deciding which list a resource belongs in is to see how the resource describes itself. If it calls itself a book, then maybe it's a book.

Genres we don't list

Because the Internet is vast, we don't include in our lists:

Our competitive programming lists are not as strict about these exclusions. The scope of the repo is determined by the community; if you want to suggest a change or addition to the scope, please use an issue to make the suggestion.

Books vs. Other Stuff

We're not that fussy about book-ness. Here are some attributes that signify that a resource is a book:

There are lots of books that we list that don't have these attributes; it can depend on context.

Books vs. Courses

Sometimes these can be hard to distinguish!

Courses often have associated textbooks, which we would list in our books lists. Courses have lectures, exercises, tests, notes or other didactic aids. A single lecture or video by itself is not a course. A powerpoint is not a course.

Interactive Tutorials vs. Other stuff

If you can print it out and retain its essence, it's not an Interactive Tutorial.