Write a program that counts up forever, starting from one.


  • Your program must log to STDOUT or an acceptable alternative, if STDOUT is not available.
  • Your program must be a full, runnable program, and not a function or snippet.
  • Your program must output each number with a separating character in between (a newline, space, tab or comma), but this must be consistent for all numbers.
  • You may print the numbers in decimal, in unary or in base 256 where each digit is represented by a byte value.
  • Your program must count at least as far as 2128 (inclusive) without problems and without running out of memory on a reasonable desktop PC. In particular, this means if you're using unary, you cannot store a unary representation of the current number in memory.
  • Unlike our usual rules, feel free to use a language (or language version) even if it's newer than this challenge. Languages specifically written to submit a 0-byte answer to this challenge are fair game but not particularly interesting.

    Note that there must be an interpreter so the submission can be tested. It is allowed (and even encouraged) to write this interpreter yourself for a previously unimplemented language.

  • This is not about finding the language with the shortest solution for this (there are some where the empty program does the trick) - this is about finding the shortest solution in every language. Therefore, no answer will be marked as accepted.


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## Perl, 43 + 2 (-p flag) = 45 bytes

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## [><>](http://esolangs.org/wiki/Fish), 121 bytes

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure how to combine must output each number with a separating character in between with may print the numbers [...] in base 256. \$\endgroup\$ – Dennis Nov 14 '15 at 14:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ For future challenges, may I recommend the sandbox such that all these details could be sorted out before people start posting answers? :) \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Nov 14 '15 at 14:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @IlmariKaronen I interpret that as being a memory limit, not a time limit. possibly a time limit on per-increment. just set the counter to 2**128-10 and see how long it takes to take those last ten steps. \$\endgroup\$ – Sparr Nov 15 '15 at 7:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Can we have leading zeroes in the output? \$\endgroup\$ – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 15 '15 at 11:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ugh!!! I have an answer for TI-89 (56b), but I can't post b/c I'm new to the site and don't have Rep 10+! \$\endgroup\$ – gregsdennis Nov 15 '15 at 20:45

184 Answers 184


Tamsin, 27 26 bytes

main=''->T&{print a+T->T}.

Prints in Unary.

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Wolfram Language (Mathematica), 18 bytes (16 characters)


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C#, 83 Bytes

using System;class C{static void Main(){double x=0;for(;;)Console.WriteLine(x++);}}


using System;
class C {
  static void Main(){
    double b=0;

Note: C#'s double type can store values up to approximately 1.79769313486232x10308.

  • \$\begingroup\$ 9007199254740992 is the last integer to which you can increment safely that can be represented in a double. Try this code: 9007199254740992.0 == 9007199254740992.0 + 1 - Spoiler alert: it evaluates as true. \$\endgroup\$ – Theraot May 27 '17 at 15:03

C++, 72 bytes

Different from the other C++ answer, as it only uses the std library.


int main(){for(int c=0;c>=0;c++,std::cout<<c<<"\n");}


int main(){
    for(int c = 0; c >= 0; c++){
  • \$\begingroup\$ Save one byte by deleting the space before for :) \$\endgroup\$ – Leaky Nun Apr 25 '16 at 14:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does for(int c=0;c>=0;c++,std::cout<<c<<"\n"); work? \$\endgroup\$ – Leaky Nun Apr 25 '16 at 14:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KennyLau Yes, indeed it does. \$\endgroup\$ – Michelfrancis Bustillos Apr 25 '16 at 14:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is not valid, because it needs to be able to count to at least 2^128, and int is not going to be that big. \$\endgroup\$ – Esolanging Fruit Aug 17 '18 at 6:40

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