VSCodium is an open source, free to use, and community-driven binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VSCode. The VSCodium binaries are released under the MIT license. VSCodium might be your closest friend if you want to avoid telemetry and tracking in VSCode. In this tutorial we’ll go over installation of VSCodium on Ubuntu|Debian|Linux Mint Desktop Linux distributions.

VSCodium can be installed on a Linux system from pre-built binaries downloaded through package manager, manually from releases page, or build VSCodium from source yourself using provided scripts. All the features of VSCode are available in VSCodium. Only that tracking is disabled in VSCodium by default.

Install VSCodium using directly downloaded .deb file

You can install VSCodium on Ubuntu/Debian and Linux Mint from .deb package files available on the releases page.

Install curl utility:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install curl

Then use curl to download the latest release of VSCodium on Ubuntu|Debian|Linux Mint:

curl -s  https://api.github.com/repos/VSCodium/vscodium/releases/latest | grep browser_download_url  | cut -d '"' -f 4 | grep 'amd64.deb' | wget -i -

Install downloaded VSCodium deb package using apt package management tool

$ sudo dpkg -i codium*amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package codium.
(Reading database ... 290725 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack codium_1.55.0-1617289089_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking codium (1.55.0-1617289089) ...
Setting up codium (1.55.0-1617289089) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24+linuxmint1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.15-1) ...

Once installed you can launch VSCodium application from the command line or using Desktop launcher:


$ codium

Desktop Launcher:

VSCodium welcome page should be presented to you.

Install VSCodium from APT repository

There is also an APT repository provided and maintained by @paulcarroty has set up a repository.

Import GPG key:

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y install gnupg2 software-properties-common
wget -qO - https://gitlab.com/paulcarroty/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/raw/master/pub.gpg | sudo apt-key add -

Add repository once the key is imported:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://paulcarroty.gitlab.io/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/debs/ vscodium main'

Update package cache index

sudo apt update

Finally install VSCodium on Ubuntu|Debian|Linux Mint:

sudo apt install codium

If prompted to accept installation press the y key.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 488 not upgraded.
Need to get 73.3 MB of archives.
After this operation, 282 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 https://paulcarroty.gitlab.io/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/debs vscodium/main amd64 codium amd64 1.55.0-1617289089 [73.3 MB]
12% [1 codium 10.8 MB/73.3 MB 15%]  

With the APT installation method the package can be updated using apt upgrade command with other system packages.

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