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    Visual Studio Code Alternatives

    Visual Studio Code is described as 'is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment' and is a leading Text Editor in the development category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Visual Studio Code for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Atom. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Notepad++ or VSCodium. Other great apps like Visual Studio Code are Sublime Text, Vim, Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA.

    Visual Studio Code is mainly a IDE but alternatives to it may also be Code Editors or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Visual Studio Code.
    This page was last updated May 11, 2022
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    1. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.
      Atom vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Most users think Atom is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
      Its UI is wonderful. Simple, works. Have never had performance problems myself.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      22Ezra22 It opens fairly fast and has a lot of features and looks really good.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      1
      teamindiawebdesignuk its user friendly text editor.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      preplime Clean interface and "hackable"
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      M_O_Z_G Better performance than Atom has.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      Zorkzero1 It's an extensible and user friendly text editor.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    2. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
      Notepad++ vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Some users think Notepad++ is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code, some don't.
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      DevGrx Lightweight and resource-less code editor.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      22Ezra22 Opens fast and is simple.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      madamek It is not an extensible IDE, it lacks many features of VSC. Great software nevertheless.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      It is not nearly as advanced. Notepad++ is a text editor. Not extensible.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      preplime not really a code editor, more like a text editor—plus Notepad++ is not extensible
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Not primarily focused at being an IDE -- and also not extensible with plugins or themes.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Lightweight, simple, clean, and fast. Easy text editing for all uses and needs.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    3. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.
      Sublime Text vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
      Dark_Samus light-weight and fast loading time.....
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      bobbobly Faster and less resource-intensive.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Outstanding performance with regard to loading and navigation
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    4. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Code - OSS (vscode) project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.
      VSCodium vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VSCodium is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
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      FLOSS without license agreement, branding, and monitoring information collection
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      pandalovfree VSCodium has same source but without Microsoft telemetry
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      JohnDangerbrooks VSCodium is a broken version of Visual Studio Code. The extension marketplace doesn't work on VSCodium. Other than that, they are entirely similar and are free and open-source (how else do you think VSCodium could have been made?) VSCodium touts the absence of telemetry collection as its main feature. This feature can be disabled in VSCode too. I checked its source code. The toggle switch works flawlessly.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      it's free and opensource, and does not track you and still provides you with every single feature of vs code
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      MayisHdev Keep in mind that certain microsoft products, for example the C# debugger, do not work on non-microsoft builds of vscode (like vscodium)
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      mrmbl I mainly use VSCodium because Visual Studio Code crashes a lot on my machine, but the lack of telemetry is also great.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It's packaged as an AppImage for Linux, which makes it very easy to install on any distro
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    5. Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.
      Vim vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Vim is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
      Vim is always ready to work as soon as you open it. There are already a lot of open-source plugins that ease any sort of functions.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      kiminariyamamoto A classical editor for any text file. It is very usable but it is not really an IDE. You can add many plugins to make it behave close to IDE but I don't think it is very feasible.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      Simple and extendable with a massive amount of plugins
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    6. Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle.
      Eclipse vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Some users think Eclipse is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code, some don't.
      not a text editor, it is a java ide
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Eclipse is an IDE, VS Code is an editor.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      Ola It's a thin line between IDE and editor nowdays, especially with all the extensions to VS Code.
      Comment 11 months ago

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    7. IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains, and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition, and in a proprietary commercial edition.
      IntelliJ IDEA vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Some users think IntelliJ IDEA is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code, some don't.
      Ranogard VS Code is much more than a text editor. Comparing it with IntelliJ IDEA is totally fine. There are plugins for various programming languages available, like python. Both can work interchangeably.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      jcross IntelliJ IDEA, by it's own definition, is a Java IDE. Visual Studio Code is a text editor.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    8. Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.
      Most users think Geany is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
    9. The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI text editor application.
      Kate vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Kate is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
      RogueScholar Compiled C++ applications are so much more performant than Electron apps like VS Code.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    10. Python and Django IDE with refactorings, code completion, on-the-fly code analysis and other features, including version control integration, deployment, integration with issue trackers, and remote debugging.
      PyCharm vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Most users think PyCharm is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
      A good IDE but it's not a text editor
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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