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Unveiling the Power of Open VSX: An Open Hub for Top VS Code Extensions

Monday, January 22, 2024 - 14:12 by John Kellerman

Open VSX is an open source registry for VS Code extensions, providing a decentralized and community-driven alternative to the Visual Studio Code Marketplace. Created to foster collaboration and innovation, Open VSX offers developers a space to share, discover, and contribute to a growing repository of extensions. Open VSX offers a curated selection of extensions that caters to various programming languages and development workflows. It's not about quantity; it's about quality and relevance to the community's needs. 


Open VSX boasts a collection that includes all of the most popular (top 100) VS Code extensions available on the Visual Studio Code Marketplace under open source licenses. These extensions cover a wide range of functionalities, from code formatting and linting to language support, debugging, and version control. For example, you can find extensions for editing and debugging Python and Jupyter notebooks, editing and debugging Java, and Gitlens, a powerful tool for improved collaboration and productivity with Git. 

What sets Open VSX apart is its commitment to openness and inclusivity. Anyone can contribute to the platform and its extensions can be used in any compatible IDE, making it a true reflection of the diverse needs and preferences of the developer community. 

Open VSX stands as a testament to the collaborative spirit of the developer community. It's not just a registry; it's a thriving ecosystem where developers come together to elevate their coding experience. 

If you'd like to become part of the Open VSX community, consider publishing an extension; contributing to one of the projects that comprise the deployment, eclipse/openvsx, EclipseFdn/open-vsx.org, and open-vsx/publish-extensions; subscribe to our mailing list; or join us as part of the Open VSX Working Group.