How to Install VSCodium on Manjaro 21 Linux

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 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 Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install VSCodium

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install the IDE editor using the following command.

yay -S vscodium-bin --noconfirm

Remove --noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

Launch VSCodium

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.


Alternatively, run the vscodium & command in the background to free up the terminal:

vscodium &

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: Taskbar > Development > VSCodium


How to Install VSCodium on Manjaro 21 Linux

Once opened, it is precisely the same look and feels as using Visual Code Editor, just without all the telemetry.


How to Install VSCodium on Manjaro 21 Linux

How to Update VSCodium

To check for updates using the command line, use the following command to allow a blanket check for any updates across all packages.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove (Uninstall) VSCodium

When you no longer want VSCodium installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns vscodium-bin --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove VSCodium on Manjaro 21 Linux series.

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. If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, check out the VSCodium website!


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