5 Free AI Coding Copilots for Developers to Be More Efficient

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Coding requires creativity. Anyone who says otherwise is probably from the product team. 😜

This means it can sometimes feel like a maze with no end in sight, especially when inspiration doesn’t strike at the right moment.

Now, what if you were Din Djarin from Mandalorian and you had Grogu by your side in the time of need?

With me?

These coding copilots might not be your new best friend, but tools like these can help you code faster, debug smarter, and keep your projects on track.

Well, why a list of Copilots?

Copilots improve developer productivity, and as an OpenSource tool which improves dev productivity and team’s efficiency ourselves, we thought why not bring more awareness to some real badass Copilots out there!

Alright, moving on.

1. Cursor & Copilot++

First up, we have Cursor.

This little helper is always there with the right tool at the right time.

Cursor integrates with your IDE, offering smart code completions and suggestions.

The Copilot++ by Cursor is quite a handy autocomplete feature, is quick and definitely brings useful completions to the mix.

Need to navigate your codebase? 🌍 It helps you with that too.

It’s perfect for those moments when you’re deep into the flow and need a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Key Features:

Smart Code Navigation: Helps you find your way through complex codebases easily.

Contextual Suggestions: Offers suggestions that make sense based on your current code context.

2. Tabnine

Next, meet Tabnine.

Tabnine has been around for a while and has evolved with the times, integrating GPT-4o, Tabnine+Mistral, Codestral & Claude 3 for quite powerful code suggestions.

Key Features:

Security-Conscious: SOC2 compliance + strong privacy policy against training models on customer’s code

Supports Multiple Languages: Fluent in over 25 programming languages.

3. Cody by SourceGraph

Wise and powerful (like Yoda I guess), SourceGraph is all about searching and analyzing your codebase, helping you build deeper insights and understanding.

Cody is just like GitHub Copilot. That’s it.

With SourceGraph, you can search across massive codebases with quite a bit of precision.

Key Features:

Comprehensive Code Search: Searches through your entire codebase to find exactly what you need.

Code Intelligence: Understands code semantics, making it easier to navigate and refactor your code.

4. GitHub Copilot

Okay, this one isn’t technically free but worth mentioning.

It’s 2024 and no AI copilot list would be complete without GitHub Copilot.

If you haven’t checked out the GitHub Copilot Workspace then you definitely should try it at least once.

The ability to just formulate a plan and then verify it with natural language does feel like magic at times if you ask me.

Of course, you will need to verify things, don’t close your eyes and code!

GitHub Copilot might not be perfect but it’s really good especially because it’s been trained on a huge amount of Open Source code.

Key Features:

Code Suggestions: From a single line to entire functions, you’ve got it.

Integration: Works seamlessly with Visual Studio Code. What? You use Vim in Arch Linux? Yes yes, you can still integrate it within Vim. 😉

5. Aider.Chat

Finally, we have Aider.Chat.

Small, fast, and incredibly resourceful, Aider.Chat is all about code assistance and helps you debug like a pro.

It’s perfect for those quick fixes and debugging sessions that need speed with reliability.

Key Features:

Real-Time Assistance: Offers help as you code, making debugging and coding faster and easier. Think auto-complete on steroids. Oh yes, I did just say that.

Good UI: Simple and intuitive.

Wrapping Up

There you have it folks, AI coding copilots to help you conquer the world.

Also, make sure to check out our Open Source repo and leave a star if you’re all about developer productivity as well.

And don’t forget to drop a comment below—I’d love to hear about your experiences with these AI copilots!

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