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VSCodium

Binary releases of Visual Studio Code without Microsoft branding, telemetry and licensing

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Avg rating of 4.8 (14)| 13 comments

What is VSCodium?

This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code icon Visual Studio Code.

Microsoft's downloads of Visual Studio Code are licensed under this not-FLOSS license and contain telemetry/tracking. According to this comment from a Visual Studio Code maintainer:

When we [Microsoft] 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.

When you clone and build from the vscode repo, none of these endpoints are configured in the default product.json. Therefore, you generate a "clean" build, without the Microsoft customizations, which is by default licensed under the MIT license This repo exists so that you don't have to download+build from source. The build scripts in this repo clone Microsoft's vscode repo, run the build commands, and upload the resulting binaries to GitHub releases. These binaries are licensed under the MIT license. Telemetry is enabled by a build flag which we do not pass.

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VSCodium Features

  1.  No TrackingVSCodium will not track you or use your personal data.
  2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVSCodium can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  3.  Privacy focusedVSCodium is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  4.  Works OfflineVSCodium can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
  5.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VSCodium without registration.
  6.  AutocompletionVSCodium can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
  7.  LightweightVSCodium consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  8.  Syntax HighlightingVSCodium supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
  9.  Support for MarkDownVSCodium supports MarkDown for document formatting.
  10.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of VSCodium.
  11.  Git SupportVSCodium supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.

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  • Developed byVSCodium
  • LicensingOpen Source (MIT) and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.8 (14 ratings)
  • Alternatives177 alternatives listed

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  • English

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  •  797 Forks
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Szubxero
  
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It's Visual Studio Code, but even more FOSSy! It also features some other slight differences:

  • VSCodium has its own custom-designed branding (logos, etc.), thus avoiding the use of proprietary branding, and remaining truly Open (no offense to Microsoft--VS Code is a solid application, or else VSCodium wouldn't have been born.)
  • There is no telemetry data collected from users of VSCodium. Personally, I don't care about telemetry for the most part. As a fellow software engineer, I realize just how valuable it can be in stopping bugs, maintaining stability and being able to build and improve upon what you have already built. But many people don't like any telemetry whatsoever, however anonymous, and that's not a bad thing. It's a matter of taste. :)

[Edited by Szubxero, June 24]

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JohnDangerbrooks

It was a fair review, not a blind one, except you forgot to mention that VSCodium has broken the extensions marketplace part. That's all I care about in Visual Studio Code. I personally don't care about being "more FOSSy". What does that even mean in practice?

However, the main philosophy behind the existence of VSCodium is to propagate the malicious belief that Visual Studio Code's telemetry toggle switch is broken. This is a big red line for me. My philosophy is "do no evil."

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peteralternativeto

Only Microsoft products can use and connect to Microsoft’s Extension Marketplace. The terms of use for the Marketplace prevent any non-Visual Studio products from accessing it. So VSCodium can't legally access the marketplace, it's a proprietary feature! In the long run it's better to work on establishing an independent and free marketplace for VS Code extensions like https://open-vsx.org/

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canerozdemir
  
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They seem to update to catch pretty fast.

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jonathanjewell
  
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as close to VS Code as you can get sans Microsoft. It is a piece of genius, and if I were not so familiar and locked by habit into VS Code (which is more regularly already on a machine when you arrive at a terminal/thin client) then I would have switched to this, but that is the only reason for holding out.

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vb078
  
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A must have if you are vcode addicted

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Guest
  
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VSCodium == VSCode + 'respect to your privacy'

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camsanders
  
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To those complaining about the limited functionality, know that VSCodium has its own FOSS alternative to the VSCode marketplace. It does this to comply with licensing. If you want to want to use VSCodium with the VSCode marketplace, try this script https://github.com/computercam/_unixconf_dotfiles/blob/master/scripts/fixvscode.sh

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jeanp
  
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The user experience is not as good as in Visual Studio Code. At first sight it looks the same but there are a lot of small features which do not work as well or do not work at all like the git extension, the chrome debugging, the remote debugging, the plugin suggestion and others. I'm sure VSCodium developers do their best but they are still dependent of Microsoft so they will always be behind. A better alternative would be to directly use Visual Studio Code and manually disable telemetry or use something totally independent like Atom.

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