Hello, friends. It’s no secret that Visual Studio Code is one of the best text editors out there. However, there are many users who don’t like it because it is from Microsoft. Well, for them and for everyone, VSCodium on Debian is available for installation.
So, what is VSCodium?
According to the project website
VSCodium is a community-driven, freely-licensed binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VS Code.
Now, what does this mean? What advantage does it bring us? Well, the project warns us that although Code is open source under the MIT license, its binaries are distributed under another license and include telemetry/tracking.
If you love Code, but you are also concerned about your privacy, you will find in VSCodium a great ally for your projects.
As it could not be otherwise, VSCodium is compatible with several systems such as Windows, macOS, and Linux. For the latter, it is available as a snap and through binaries.
Let’s go for it.
Install VSCodium on Debian 11
As the support is so good for Linux, we have many options.
The most recommended is to add the VSCodium repository to the system.
To achieve this, open a terminal and update the system
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Thereafter, you can install some necessary packages
sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https curl
Then, download the GPG key from the repository and add it to the system
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
Then add the repository to the system:
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
sudo apt update
And now install VSCodium with the command line
sudo apt install codium
Now you can run it from the main menu
Other available methods…
There are many methods available to install VSCodium. One of them is to simply download the DEB package and install it manually.
This is interesting if you would rather not add any repositories to the system, but more recent versions will be released soon.
To download the DEB package, run
wget -c https://download.vscodium.com/debs/pool/main/c/codium/codium_18.104.22.16884_amd64.deb
And then install it with the command line.
sudo apt install ./codium_22.214.171.12484_amd64.deb
Remember that the command line will vary depending on the version. So, I recommend you to check it at this link
If you use Flatpak, then you can also download it from there without problems.
To achieve that, add the Flathub repository
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
And then install the tool
flatpak install flathub com.vscodium.codium
You can also run it from the main menu.
Privacy is important for many developers, but you have to admit that Code is a great editor. To solve this problem, VSCodium was born, so you can have the potential of Code but respecting your privacy. Today you learned how to install it.