VSCodium is a fork of Microsoft Visual Studio Code Editor modified to have full open-source access. The source code for this product can be found on GitHub, where it is licensed under the MIT license and, therefore, will always remain free as long you don’t mind installing extra features via plugins or extensions from third parties like Telemetry transmitting your browsing habits across networks without permission.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install VSCodium on AlmaLinux 9. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with complete steps to install the official repository and tips on updating and removing the IDE securely and adequately.
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The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
First, you will need to import the GPG and the repository. Luckily this is straightforward, and you will always have the most up-to-date version available on your AlmaLinux 9 workstation desktop.
Import the GPG key using the following command.
sudo rpmkeys --import https://gitlab.com/paulcarroty/vscodium-deb-rpm-repo/-/raw/master/pub.gpg
Next, import the repository using the following command.
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
Now you can install VSCodium using the following command.
sudo dnf install codium -y
How to Launch VSCodium
Now that you have completed the installation, you can open the software in a few ways.
Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.
The best way to use VSCodium for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path.
Activities > Show Applications > VSCodium
Once opened, it is precisely the same look and feels as using Visual Code Editor, just without all the telemetry.
How to Update/Upgrade VSCodium
To check for updates using the command line, use the following command to allow a blanket check for any updates across all DNF packages.
sudo dnf update --refresh
How to Remove (Uninstall) VSCodium
When you no longer want VSCodium installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.
sudo dnf autoremove codium -y
Next, remove the repository using the following command if you plan never to re-install the IDE again.
sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/vscodium*
Comments and Conclusion
VSCodium is an important project that provides a freely-licensed binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VS Code. This allows the community to take control of the codebase and make contributions and audit the software for potential security vulnerabilities. The project is open source and welcomes contributions from anyone in the community.