Free Visual Studio Code Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Visual Studio Code is Atom, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Visual Studio Code and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Visual Studio Code are Notepad++ (Free, Open Source), Vim (Free, Open Source), VSCodium (Free, Open Source) and Eclipse (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 21, 2021

    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.
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      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  11 months ago

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      22Ezra22 It opens fairly fast and has a lot of features and looks really good.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      preplime Clean interface and "hackable"
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      M_O_Z_G Better performance than Atom has.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Zorkzero1 It's an extensible and user friendly text editor.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    2. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
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      Notepad++ vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Some users think Notepad++ is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code, some don't.
      DevGrx Lightweight and resource-less code editor.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      22Ezra22 Opens fast and is simple.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      madamek It is not an extensible IDE, it lacks many features of VSC. Great software nevertheless.
      Top negative comment  12 months ago

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      preplime not really a code editor, more like a text editor—plus Notepad++ is not extensible
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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      Not primarily focused at being an IDE -- and also not extensible with plugins or themes.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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      Lightweight, simple, clean, and fast. Easy text editing for all uses and needs.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      copperfox Good, simple, fast text editor
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    3. 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.
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      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 about 2 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 3 years ago

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      Simple and extendable with a massive amount of plugins
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    4. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
      VSCodium vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VSCodium is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
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      pandalovfree VSCodium has same source but without Microsoft telemetry
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      nrwd It's VScode, with all this compatibility. But in FOSS!
      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.
      Top negative comment  2 months 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 4 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 10 months ago

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    5. Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle.
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      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 12 months ago

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      Eclipse is an IDE, VS Code is an editor.
      Negative comment over 1 year 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 3 days ago

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    6. 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.
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      IntelliJ IDEA vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Some users think IntelliJ IDEA is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code, some don't.
      jcross IntelliJ IDEA, by it's own definition, is a Java IDE. Visual Studio Code is a text editor.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      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 11 months ago

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    7. 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.
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      Most users think Geany is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
    8. 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.
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      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 2 years ago

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    9. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.
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      Apache NetBeans vs Visual Studio Code opinions
      Most users think Apache NetBeans is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
      ericwaters NetBeans is great and all, but it's an IDE, not a coding text editor. Inf act, there's a lot of IDEs listed as alternatives to VS Code, and they're really not.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    10. GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.
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      Most users think GNU nano is a great alternative to Visual Studio Code.
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