Visual Studio Code vs VSCodium

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VSCodium vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

VSCodium and Visual Studio Code are both popular code editors used by developers. Let's explore the key differences between them.

  1. Licensing: VSCodium is released under the MIT license, which allows users to freely use, modify, and distribute the software without any restrictions. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is released under a proprietary license by Microsoft, which means there are some usage restrictions and limitations.

  2. Branding and Telemetry: VSCodium differs from Visual Studio Code in terms of branding and telemetry. VSCodium is stripped of Microsoft branding and any telemetry or tracking features that may be present in Visual Studio Code. This makes VSCodium more privacy-focused, appealing to users who value privacy and open-source software without any tracking.

  3. Extensions: Another difference is in the extensions available. While Visual Studio Code has a wide range of official and third-party extensions available through the Visual Studio Code Marketplace, VSCodium does not have direct access to the marketplace. However, VSCodium can still use extensions by manually installing them or through alternative extension repositories.

  4. Update Frequency: VSCodium and Visual Studio Code also differ in terms of update frequency. Visual Studio Code is updated more frequently, often with new features and improvements, while VSCodium may not receive updates as frequently. This can be an important consideration for users who want access to the latest features and bug fixes.

  5. Integrated Services and Features: Visual Studio Code offers integrated services and features that are not available in VSCodium. This includes Visual Studio LiveShare, which allows for collaborative editing and debugging, as well as the ability to easily connect to Azure services. These integrated features can be a significant advantage depending on the specific needs of the developer.

  6. Support and Documentation: As an officially supported Microsoft product, Visual Studio Code has extensive support and documentation available. Users can access official Microsoft documentation, support forums, and other resources for assistance. While VSCodium also has community support, it may not have the same level of official support and documentation as Visual Studio Code.

In summary, VSCodium and Visual Studio Code are both popular code editors based on the same underlying source code, but they differ in their licensing and branding. VSCodium is essentially Visual Studio Code without Microsoft branding and telemetry, providing a fully open-source alternative for users who prioritize privacy and freedom.

Decisions about Visual Studio Code and VSCodium
Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 1.3M views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 1.2M views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Pros of Visual Studio Code
Pros of VSCodium
  • 340
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 308
    Fast
  • 193
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 158
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 142
    Very basic but free
  • 126
    Git integration
  • 106
    Intellisense
  • 78
    Faster than Atom
  • 53
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 45
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 44
    Good Plugins
  • 42
    Terminal
  • 38
    Superb markdown support
  • 36
    Open Source
  • 35
    Extensions
  • 26
    Awesome UI
  • 26
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 24
    Powerful and fast
  • 22
    Portable
  • 18
    Best editor
  • 18
    Best code editor
  • 17
    Easy to get started with
  • 15
    Lots of extensions
  • 15
    Good for begginers
  • 15
    Crossplatform
  • 15
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 14
    Extensions for everything
  • 14
    All Languages Support
  • 13
    Easy to use and learn
  • 12
    Extensible
  • 12
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 11
    Git out of the box
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 10
    SSH support
  • 10
    Great community
  • 10
    Fast Startup
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 9
    Powerful Debugger
  • 8
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 8
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 6
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 5
    Very proffesional
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 4
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 4
    Virtualenv integration
  • 4
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    More tools to integrate with vs
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 3
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 2
    Microsoft
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    Big extension marketplace
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    Customizable
  • 6
    Simple and intuitive UI
  • 6
    Community-driven
  • 6
    Open source
  • 5
    Intellisense
  • 4
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 4
    Terminal
  • 4
    Fast
  • 4
    Good Plugins
  • 4
    Crossplatform
  • 4
    Git integration
  • 4
    Privacy
  • 3
    Powerful
  • 3
    Extensions

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Cons of Visual Studio Code
Cons of VSCodium
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    Slow startup
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    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
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    Poor UI Designer
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    Weak Ui design tools
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    Poor autocomplete
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    Super Slow
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    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 8
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 7
    Poor in PHP
  • 6
    It's MicroSoft
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    Poor in Python
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    No Built in Browser Preview
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    No color Intergrator
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    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
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    No built in live Preview
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    Electron
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    Bad Plugin Architecture
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    Powered by Electron
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    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
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    Slow C++ Language Server
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    Some extentions can't be isntalled direclty from IDE

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What is Visual Studio Code?

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

What is VSCodium?

It is a community-driven, freely-licensed binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VSCode.

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