VSCodium – An Open-Source Alternative for Visual Studio Code

Install VSCodium On Linux

VSCodium is an open-source clone of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code. This is a perfect application for those users who have used Visual Studio before but are looking for an open-source alternative right now. This community-driven project is completely free of any telemetry which Microsoft collects in Visual Studio Code.

Interface of the app is very similar to VS Code
The interface of the app is very similar to VS Code

It is cross-platform and therefore available on Windows, Linux, and macOS as well. But, in this article, I will show you the installation process of this application only on GNU/Linux-based distributions.

Installing VSCodium

Depending upon your distribution, open a Terminal and follow the mentioned commands :

On Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions

First, make sure that you have all the dependencies installed on your distribution :

sudo apt update && sudo apt install curl apt-transport-https gnupg2

Now, you will have to import the GPG keys into the repository, just copy-paste the following command:

wget -qO - https://gitlab.com/paulcarroty/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/raw/master/pub.gpg \
    | gpg --dearmor \
    | sudo dd of=/usr/share/keyrings/vscodium-archive-keyring.gpg

Finally, add the repository to your package manager’s config file:

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

Finally, update your repositories and install the application:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install codium

On Fedora Workstation

Open a Terminal window and type the following commands to import the GPG keys:

sudo rpmkeys --import https://gitlab.com/paulcarroty/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/-/raw/master/pub.gpg
Import The GPG Keys
Import The GPG Keys

Now, add the repository to dnf’s config file by typing:

printf "[gitlab.com_paulcarroty_vscodium_repo]\nname=download.vscodium.com\nbaseurl=https://download.vscodium.com/rpms/\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\nrepo_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://gitlab.com/paulcarroty/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/-/raw/master/pub.gpg\nmetadata_expire=1h" | sudo tee -a /etc/yum.repos.d/vscodium.repo
Add The Repository To Fedoras Config File
Add The Repository To Fedoras Config File

Finally, install the application by typing:

sudo dnf install codium
Installing VSCodium In Fedora
Installing VSCodium In Fedora

On Arch Linux

Since this package is available in the Arch User Repository, you can install it with your favorite AUR helper by typing the following command :

# For yay users :
yay -S vscodium-bin

# For paru users :
paru -S vscodium-bin


Note that VSCodium is not a fork of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, it is just a Binary replication of vscode (under MIT license) without any telemetries and proprietary blobs. Still, it is a perfect alternative to VS code without losing any of its features, I can’t see why you should not use this application.


VSCodium Documentation