Difference between Sublime Text vs Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Both Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code (VSCode) are text editors used mainly by software developers and other professionals for writing and editing code, as well as other types of text-based documents.

History of Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code (VSCode)

Sublime Text:

Sublime Text
  • First released in January 2008 by Jon Skinner, the founder of the software company Sublime HQ.
  • Sublime Text 2 was released in the year 2011, with new features like multiple selection editing, and improved syntax highlighting.
  • Sublime Text 3 was released in the year 2013.
  • Sublime Text 4 (latest build Build 4143 as of March 2023), was released in May 2021, with new features such as GPU rendering and an improved command palette.


Visual Studio Code
  • First released in April 2015 by Microsoft as a free and open-source alternative to Visual Studio.
  • The first stable version, Visual Studio Code 1.0, was released in April 2016.
  • Since then, there have been regular updates and releases, with new features and improvements added regularly.
  • As of March 2023, the latest stable version of Visual Studio Code is version 1.64.

Sublime Text vs VSCode

  1. Sublime text is paid (free for evaluation, however, a license must be purchased for continued use), whereas VSCode is free and open-source.
  2. Both of them are cross-platform and work on Windows, macOS, and Linux/Ubuntu.
  3. Both support the auto-complete and syntax highlighting features.
  4. Both support an extensive list of programming languages.
  5. VSCode has built-in support for Git, whereas you need to install a plugin in Sublime Text.
  6. VSCode has extensive built-in support for debugging, whereas Sublime Text has very limited support.
  7. SublimeText is faster as compared to VSCode (when it comes to working with Text editing)

For what use cases Sublime Text is a good choice?

    Sublime text is a good choice if you want a lightweight and fast text editor with less sophistication. If you are working on a text file that does not require debugging and the major task is the use of regular expressions to quickly modify the text based on it.

    Example use case: Editing application configuration files, writing simple Python, Shell, Batch Scripts, or working with plain text or SQL files.

For what use cases Visual Studio Code is a good choice?

    VSCode is a good choice if you are working on a huge version-controlled project (based on various programming languages such as Python/Java/Docker/Rust/GoLang) and need a sophisticated environment that has tools/extensions to run/debug/test your applications and server and terminal support.

    Example use case: Developing a web application, writing code in Angular, Python, and Java programming language, or collaborating with a team on a version-controlled (git) software project.

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