VSCodium - Open Source Version of VS Code

VSCodium is a free, open-source version of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code (VS Code). It is built using the same source code as VS Code, but without Microsoft branding or telemetry components.


VSCodium is a community-driven, freely-licensed binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VS Code. This means that VSCodium is a fully functional code editor, with all of the features of VS Code, but without any of the data collection or tracking that is built into the official version.

VS Code is a popular source code editor developed by Microsoft that is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It is a powerful and flexible tool that is widely used by developers for building applications and web sites.

VSCodium is built using the same source code as VS Code, and it includes all of the same features and functionality. The main difference between the two is that VSCodium does not include any Microsoft branding or telemetry components. This means that VSCodium does not send any data back to Microsoft, and it does not display any Microsoft logos or trademarks.

How all this works?

Microsoft’s VS Code source code is open source (MIT-licensed), but the product available for download (Visual Studio Code) is licensed under not-FLOSS license and contains telemetry and various tracking elements. FLOSS stands for Free-Libre / Open Source Software licensing. Detailed explanation is here.

VSCodium project includes special build scripts that clone Microsoft’s VS Code repo, run the build commands, and upload the resulting binaries for you to GitHub releases. These binaries are licensed under the MIT license and have telemetry and tracking disabled.

Some people prefer to use VSCodium because they value their privacy and do not want to use a product that collects data on their usage. Others may prefer VSCodium because it is fully open-source and they want to use a version of the editor that they can fully control and modify.

If you want to build from source yourself, head over to Microsoft’s VS Code repo and follow their instructions. VSCodium exists to make it easier to get the latest version of MIT-licensed VSCode.

Overall, VSCodium is a good choice for anyone who wants to use a high-quality code editor without any concerns about data collection or branding. It is a fully functional and feature-rich code editor that is built using the same source code as VS Code, and it is available for free.

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