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VSCodium Released: The Privacy-focused Alternative to Visual Studio Code

VSCodium is a free and open-source code editor that is built on the same source code as Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code but with all the proprietary components removed. It provides users with a powerful and customizable development environment that supports a wide range of programming languages and extensions. VSCodium is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux and is an excellent option for those who value privacy and open-source software.

The VSCodium project is a clone of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code that provides users with ready-to-use binaries without Microsoft’s telemetry code. Its sole aim is to offer a code editor that doesn’t include any proprietary components and provides a more privacy-focused approach.

When it comes to code editors, VSCodium has some clear advantages over Microsoft’s VSCode. First and foremost, VSCodium is completely open-source, while VSCode is only partially open-source. This means that VSCodium users have more control over their code editor and can make changes to the software as they see fit.

VSCodium vs VSCode

Another advantage of VSCodium is that it doesn’t include any telemetry or tracking features, which some users may find concerning. In contrast, VSCode collects usage data and sends it back to Microsoft. While some users may not mind this, others may prefer a more privacy-focused approach.

In addition, VSCodium provides a more streamlined experience for users who are concerned about proprietary licensing and the use of closed-source software. With VSCodium, users have access to all of the features of VSCode without any of the proprietary components.

VSCodium Released

Recently, VSCodium released a new version with minor fixes. See changelog.

  • Fix (windows): disable background update for MSI.

How To Install VSCodium on Ubuntu 22.04

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install VSCodium on your Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Method 1: Install VSCodium using Snap

To install VSCodium using Snap, you can open a terminal and use the following command:

sudo snap install codium --classic

Install VSCodium using Snap

This will download and install the Snap package, and you can see the progress on the screen. It’s worth noting that the snap method works on any Linux distribution, not just Ubuntu, as long as you have snap support enabled on the system.

If you want to update the snap version of VSCodium, you can close any running instance of VSCodium and run the following command to force an update (if there is any new version):

sudo snap refresh codium

Snap applications are updated automatically multiple times a day, but it won’t update if it’s running.

Finally, if you ever want to remove VSCodium, you can easily do so with the following command:

sudo snap remove codium

Method 2: Install VSCodium on Debian/Ubuntu using the .deb package

To install VSCodium on Debian/Ubuntu using the .deb package, follow these steps:

1. Add the GPG key of the repository by running the following command:

sudo wget https://gitlab.com/paulcarroty/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/raw/master/pub.gpg -O /usr/share/keyrings/vscodium-archive-keyring.asc

Add the GPG key of the repository

This will download the key to your system and add it to your trusted keys.

2. Add the repository by running the following command:

echo 'deb [ signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/vscodium-archive-keyring.gpg ] https://download.vscodium.com/debs vscodium main' \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscodium.list

This command will add the VSCodium repository to your sources.list file and ensure that your system knows from where to get the package.

3. Update the package list and install VSCodium by running the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install codium

Install VSCodium on Debian:Ubuntu using the deb package

This command will update the package cache so your system knows the packages from the newly added repository and will also install VSCodium on your system, and you can start using it to develop your code.

Note: If you want to install VSCodium insiders, replace `codium` with `codium-insiders`.

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.

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