Alternatives to Visual Studio Code - Part 1/2

Alternatives to Visual Studio Code - Part 1/2

Desktop and online alternatives that are similar to Visual Studio Code.

Would you like to know some alternatives to Visual Studio Code? Here is my list and in my opinion these are so similar to Visual Studio Code. Please, tell me in commentaries what is your favorite programming editor and if you have been used some of them listed here. 💬


VSCodium is a freely-licensed binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor Visual Studio Code. You can check the project documentation or Github repository to know more details about it.

The VSCodium project exists so that you don’t have to download+build from source. This project includes special build scripts that clone Microsoft’s vscode repo, run the build commands, and upload the resulting binaries for you to GitHub releases. These binaries are licensed under the MIT license. Telemetry is disabled. - Why Does This Exist


Visual Studio Code OSS Edition

Visual Studio Code OSS Edition is an open-source project. Code OSS repostory is avaliable to be fork and improve the editor. If you want to know this editor or maybe give it a new feature just check Github repository to find more about it. Appimage is avaliable on Code OSS.

The Code - OSS repository is where we (Microsoft) develop the open source editor upon which we build the Visual Studio Code product. We contribute source code and manage issues in this repository. We also maintain the wiki, publish the Visual Studio Code roadmap, monthly iteration plans, and endgame plans for the product. The source code in this repository is available to everyone under a standard MIT license. - The Code - OSS Repository


Visual Studio Code Insiders

Visual Studio Code Insiders is a version intended for those looking for the latest versions because Insiders has the most recent code, new builds, features, bug fixes, and closed issues.

Initially, we released an Insiders build once per month, a few days before the Stable release. Over time, we increased the frequency of Insiders builds and today we ship new Insiders builds roughly once a week. - Evolution of the Insiders Build


Eclipse Che

Eclipse Che is an open-source, Java-based developer workspace server and Online IDE. You can try Eclipse Che using the online service hosted by Red Hat as: custom workspace for any language or framework, Quarkus on the JVM and Python. The documentation explains everything about this amazing tool, please check it on.

Eclipse Che makes Kubernetes development accessible for developer teams, providing one-click developer workspaces and eliminating local environment configuration for your entire team. Che brings your Kubernetes application into your development environment and provides an in-browser IDE, allowing you to code, build, test and run applications exactly as they run on production from any machine. - The Kubernetes-Native IDE for Developer Teams


GitHub Codespaces

GitHub Codespaces is a cloud environment to work from Visual Studio Code or browser. You can try it just sign up for the Codespaces Beta when this post was published it was available just as beta waitlist.

GitHub Codespaces supports Visual Studio Code and modern web browsers. With your development in the cloud, seamlessly switch between tools and contribute code from anywhere, anytime. - Works with the client of your choice


Eclipse Theia IDE

Eclipse Theia IDE is a multi-language cloud, desktop IDE with many tools that was adoptee for many technology companies. Theia is developed under a vendor-neutral Open-Source Foundation. You can check the documentation and Github repository to know more this amazing tool.

Eclipse Theia helps you efficiently develop and deliver multi-language Cloud & Desktop IDEs and tools with modern, state-of-the-art web technologies. - An Open, Flexible and Extensible Cloud & Desktop IDE Platform



MrCode is a custom build of VSCodium. You can download the appimage or other version to try it.

Supported OS:

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (x64, x86, arm64)
  • MacOS 10.10+ (x64)
  • Linux (AppImage, deb, rpm, tar.gz) (x64, arm64, armhf)

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