Visual Studio Code alternatives and similar tools
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Atom9.9 8.1 Visual Studio Code VS Atom:atom: The hackable text editor
Vim9.7 9.9 Visual Studio Code VS VimThe official Vim repository
VSCodium9.1 9.5 Visual Studio Code VS VSCodiumbinary releases of VS Code without MS branding/telemetry/licensing
TextMate9.0 0.0 L2 Visual Studio Code VS TextMateTextMate is a graphical text editor for macOS 10.12 or later
Lime8.9 0.0 Visual Studio Code VS LimeOpen source API-compatible alternative to the text editor Sublime Text
Light TableThe Light Table IDE ⛺
GNU Emacs7.4 10.0 Visual Studio Code VS GNU EmacsMirror of GNU Emacs
Geany6.5 9.1 L2 Visual Studio Code VS GeanyA fast and lightweight IDE
ICEcoder5.6 4.8 L5 Visual Studio Code VS ICEcoderBrowser code editor awesomeness
Haroopad5.6 0.0 Visual Studio Code VS HaroopadHaroopad - The Next Document processor based on Markdown
Atom Community:atom: Community build of the hackable text editor
jotgit3.2 0.0 Visual Studio Code VS jotgitGit-backed real time collaborative editor built with meteor.
Nano2.1 0.0 L1 Visual Studio Code VS NanoEasy to use, customizable text editor.
Notepad++GPLv2 multi-language editor with syntax highlighting for Windows.
EclipseIDE written in Java with an extensible plug-in system.
MicroA modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor
Static code analysis for 29 languages.
* Code Quality Rankings and insights are calculated and provided by Lumnify.
They vary from L1 to L5 with "L5" being the highest.
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Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS")
This repository ("
Code - OSS") is where we (Microsoft) develop the Visual Studio Code product together with the community. Not only do we work on code and issues here, we also publish our roadmap, monthly iteration plans, and our endgame plans. This source code is available to everyone under the standard MIT license.
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a distribution of the
Code - OSS repository with Microsoft-specific customizations released under a traditional Microsoft product license.
Visual Studio Code combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. It provides comprehensive code editing, navigation, and understanding support along with lightweight debugging, a rich extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.
Visual Studio Code is updated monthly with new features and bug fixes. You can download it for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Visual Studio Code's website. To get the latest releases every day, install the Insiders build.
There are many ways in which you can participate in this project, for example:
- Submit bugs and feature requests, and help us verify as they are checked in
- Review source code changes
- Review the documentation and make pull requests for anything from typos to additional and new content
If you are interested in fixing issues and contributing directly to the code base, please see the document How to Contribute, which covers the following:
- How to build and run from source
- The development workflow, including debugging and running tests
- Coding guidelines
- Submitting pull requests
- Finding an issue to work on
- Contributing to translations
- Ask a question on Stack Overflow
- [Request a new feature](CONTRIBUTING.md)
- Upvote popular feature requests
- File an issue
- Connect with the extension author community on GitHub Discussions or Slack
- Follow @code and let us know what you think!
See our wiki for a description of each of these channels and information on some other available community-driven channels.
Many of the core components and extensions to VS Code live in their own repositories on GitHub. For example, the node debug adapter and the mono debug adapter repositories are separate from each other. For a complete list, please visit the Related Projects page on our wiki.
VS Code includes a set of built-in extensions located in the [extensions](extensions) folder, including grammars and snippets for many languages. Extensions that provide rich language support (code completion, Go to Definition) for a language have the suffix
language-features. For example, the
json extension provides coloring for
JSON and the
json-language-features extension provides rich language support for
This repository includes a Visual Studio Code Dev Containers / GitHub Codespaces development container.
- For Dev Containers, use the Dev Containers: Clone Repository in Container Volume... command which creates a Docker volume for better disk I/O on macOS and Windows.
- If you already have VS Code and Docker installed, you can also click here to get started. This will cause VS Code to automatically install the Dev Containers extension if needed, clone the source code into a container volume, and spin up a dev container for use.
- For Codespaces, install the GitHub Codespaces extension in VS Code, and use the Codespaces: Create New Codespace command.
Docker / the Codespace should have at least 4 Cores and 6 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended) to run full build. See the [development container README](.devcontainer/README.md) for more information.
Code of Conduct
This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact [email protected] with any additional questions or comments.
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Licensed under the [MIT](LICENSE.txt) license.
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Visual Studio Code README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.