Codeium – Free AI Code Assistant

Today we are looking at Codeium, a free AI coding assistant offering code completion, chat and code refactoring tools. If you have any experience with GitHub’s CoPilot, Codeium is very similar, except in one very important area… price. For individuals, Codeium is completely free.

One impressive part of Codeium is the supported IDEs and code editors:

Install Codeium in your favorite code editors. More coming soon!

Installation time: 2 minutes

  • Visual Studio Code
  • JetBrains
  • Neovim
  • Visual Studio
  • Vim
  • Emacs
  • Chrome
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • Google Colab
  • Deepnote
  • Databricks
  • Xcode
  • Sublime Text
  • Eclipse
  • IntelliJ
  • PyCharm
  • WebStorm
  • GoLand
  • PhpStorm
  • CLion
  • Android Studio

There are two very important things to consider when it comes to AI tools like this. First, is your code safe or are they going to use it to train their data model? Second, is their data model ethically sourced? We have the following details from the FAQ:

What data does Codeium collect?

Please see our Privacy and Security page , as well as our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service . The code generated by Codeium belongs to you, so you assume both the responsibility and the ownership.

For Individuals, in order to continuously improve, Codeium does collect telemetry data such as latency, engagement with features, and suggestions accepted and rejected. This data is only used for directly improving the functionality, usability, and quality of Codeium, detecting abuse of the system, and evaluating Codeium’s impact. Your data is not shared with, sold to, or used by any other party, company, or product, and we protect your data by encrypting data in transit. This data is primarily used or inspected in aggregate, and can only be directly accessed in extreme cases by authorized members of the Codeium team. Your code will never be used to train a generative model.

We want Codeium to be a product you can trust, and so any data collected will only be used to further increase Codeium’s value to you. Codeium also does provide users with the option to opt out from allowing Codeium to store (and therefore use) their code snippet data post-inference, which can be found on your profile page.

For Enterprise, Codeium collects no data beyond number of seats used for billing purposes, irrespective of user settings. No code or data ever leaves the enterprise firewall (on-prem servers or virtual private cloud).

Does Codeium train on GPL or non-permissively licensed code?

We do not train our own models on repositories with nonpermissive licenses (ex. GPL). We deeply respect open source, and the work done by these communities have undoubtedly been instrumental to making the software industry what it is today. We also do not want to expose our users, such as our enterprise customers, to potential legal risk. This is in clear difference with products such as GitHub Copilot. Read more in this blog post.

Key Links

Codeium Homepage

Codeium FAQ

You can learn more about Codeium and see it in action in the video below.

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