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Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and extensible code editor created by Microsoft.

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Visual Studio Code Features

  1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVisual Studio Code can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  2.  LightweightVisual Studio Code consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  3.  AutocompletionVisual Studio Code can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
  4.  Syntax HighlightingVisual Studio Code supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
  5.  Git SupportVisual Studio Code supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.
  6.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Visual Studio Code.
  7.  Dark ModeVisual Studio Code supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  8.  Support for MarkDownVisual Studio Code supports MarkDown for document formatting.
  9.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Visual Studio Code without registration.
  10.  Code FormattingVisual Studio Code supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.

Visual Studio Code information

  • Developed byMicrosoft
  • LicensingProprietary and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.2 (54 ratings)
  • Alternatives185 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  135,410 Stars
  •  23,129 Forks
  •  7458 Open Issues
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Our users have written 56 comments and reviews about Visual Studio Code, and it has gotten 1076 likes

Visual Studio Code was added to AlternativeTo by CrypticCube on and this page was last updated . Visual Studio Code is sometimes referred to as Code, VSC, VSCode.

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denissherstennikov
  
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Faster then atom. Fresher then notepad++. Freer then sublime text.

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JohnDangerbrooks

And more extensible than all three.

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Ranogard
  
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People claim vscode is a text editor and therefore not an alternative to IntelliJ. I think I'm going crazy.

Text editors: Mousepad icon Mousepad Leafpad icon Leafpad Do they feature pylint support? Or a debugger? Or git integration? No.

Wikipedia lists vscode as IDE, which is absolutely reasonable (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_development_environment). And furthermore, why does naming it a "text editor" even matter? It has got IDE features, fine. That makes it an alternative to IntelliJ and vice versa because there are features that can be compared! Anyone who votes those alternatives down is not in their right mind.

Please just stop that nonesense.

I have seen people rate electron apps that do almost nothing at all, yet require a full blown web browser to run, as efficient here, and today it's people putting random tags onto stuff instead of comparing features. What is wrong with everybody.

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carlosvgonzalez

Just because it highlights code syntax does not make it an IDE, neither the fact that you can access git, and as everything Microsoft does not even the GCC compiler works as expected because Microsoft pre defines their proprietary compiler that don't exactly works the same, what Microsoft does, is masking very well the idea that is Open Source Software and universal compatible, but it's not, and definitely won't help you out to configuring the system path, install and update the correct software, an IDE should do all that.

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Nonononoki
  
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It is actually NOT open source. Its base is open source, you have to compile it yourself since the binary you can download on the official page was actually MODIFIED and under a proprietary license! It's like the relationship between Chrome and Chromium, except that Google NEVER even tried to call the Chrome "open source", but Microsoft indeed does.

The name for the open source application is actually called "Code - OSS Dev".

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dany111

Actually, VSCode developers says that "The cool thing about all of this is that you have the choice to use the Visual Studio Code branded product under our license or you can build a version of the tool straight from the vscode repository, under the MIT license. Here's how it works. When you build from the vscode repository, you can configure the resulting tool by customizing the product.json file. This file controls things like the Gallery endpoints, “Send-a-Smile” endpoints, telemetry endpoints, logos, names, and more. When we build Visual Studio Code, we do exactly this. We clone the vscode repository, we lay down a customized product.json that has Microsoft specific functionality (telemetry, gallery, logo, etc.), and then produce a build that we release under our license." They seems to be light and reversible customizations.

[Edited by dany111, December 18] https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/60

Things seem to be more complex. See: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/31168#issuecomment-317319063 https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium/blob/master/DOCS.md#proprietary-debugging-tools https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/49159

[Edited by dany111, June 14]

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JohnDangerbrooks

One of the tenets of the FOSS philosophy is that you can create derivative works from a FOSS product for whatever purpose, including commercial. Now Microsoft has done exactly that: It has created branded binaries from its own FOSS code. And there is a good reason behind that; they need to protect their customers against backspaceware. (The same goes for the popular Google Chrome.)

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Photoshop
  
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absolutely useful

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GoldenApple
  
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VS Code is a bloated and heavy desktop application since it's made using electron. Although, it has many capabilities and works as a great multi-tool in the toolbox of anyone that works with any kind of code.

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Guest
  
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Made with electron.

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bobkarr72
  
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Thorough documentation, runs well even on older systems, huge user-base, tons of extensions.

And free.

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