Install VSCodium/VSCode On Ubuntu, Debian Without Snap

VSCode is one the most popular cod/text editor out there. Visual Studio Code is a lightweight and very powerful source code editor that runs on your desktop and is suitable for Windows, macOS and Linux. It has built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js. 

VSCodium is "VSCode" but without any telemetry /tracking that Microsoft forces on Visual Studio Code. So, it doesn't matter if you use VSCodium instead of VSCode because all the features are still there but without any eyes watching you. 

VSCode is available on Ubuntu only using Snap  or you will need to manually download it from the official site and install every time a new update comes. Using the below method new updates will be installed automatically by your OS's package manager.

Let's jump to our main topic and see how we can install VSCode on our Debian based machine without using Snap.

Installing VSCodium on Ubuntu, PopOS, Debian Bases distribution.

To be able to install VSCode without Snap store, we will need to a repository.

Open a terminal and enter the following command to add the repository and install VSCode/VSCodium.

Add the GPG key of the repository

wget -qO - | gpg --dearmor | sudo dd of=/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/vscodium.gpg

Add the repository

echo 'deb vscodium main' | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscodium.list

Update the database and then install VSCodium

sudo apt update && sudo apt install codium

And now you should have installed VSCode on your Ubuntu or Debian based system without using Snap.


If you faced any issues during this process, let me know in the comments or in the video on our youtube channel.


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