Most popular programming languages

The latest PYPL Popularity of Programming Language Index reveals that Java remains the most popular programming language, followed by Python and PHP.

The Index is created by analysing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

“The more a language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. It is a leading indicator. The raw data comes from Google Trends,” said PYPL.

It is interesting to note that Python has seen strong growth (5.3%) over the last 5 years, while PHP has shown a sharp decline (-5%).

The table below provides an overview of the most popular programming languages, and their growth or decline over the last twelve months.

Rank Language Share Trend
1 Java 24.4% +0.1%
2 Python 11.3% +1.1%
3 PHP 10.9% -0.6%
4 C# 9.1% +0.3%
5 C++ 7.7% -0.4%
6 C 7.5% -0.3%
7 Javascript 7.1% +0.3%
8 Objective-C 5.2% -1.1%
9 Swift 2.9% +0.5%
10 R 2.8% +0.3%
11 Matlab 2.7% -0.1%
12 Ruby 2.4% 0%
13 Visual Basic 1.9% -0.4%
14 VBA 1.5% +0.2%
15 Perl 1.2% -0.1%
16 Scala 0.9% +0.3%
17 lua 0.5% 0%

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