The Eclipse Foundation takes care of the Open VSX Registry with immediate effect. The German start-up company TypeFox developed the alternative to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Marketplace and has now handed it over to Eclipse. The foundation positions it as a manufacturer-independent, publicly hosted open source alternative to Microsoft’s offerings.
Open source basis
The Open VSX Registry, on the other hand, should offer extensions for all open source tools that connect the corresponding extensions. In addition to Microsoft’s open source Visual Studio Code, this also includes its fork VSCodium and the development environments Eclipse Theia, Eclipse Che, Coder, SAP Business Application Studio and Gitpod. The latter online IDE also comes from TypeFox and has been under an open source license since August 2020.
Since the Open VSX is developed open-source on GitHub, anyone interested can bring their own additions instead of leaving control to a single company. As a further advantage, Milinkovich emphasizes that the Open VSX Registry can serve as the basis for internal use in the company.
Administration working group
The Eclipse Cloud DevTools working group, which includes Broadcom, EclipseSource, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, SAP and TypeFox, is responsible for managing the registry.
Anyone wishing to publish extensions must sign an agreement beforehand. An account at Eclipse.org is required for this. If you only want to use extensions, you can download them without any further requirements.
Further details can be found see the Eclipse blog. The Open VSX Registry is to be found at open-vsc.org. Of the Source code for Eclipse Open VSX is available on GitHub ready. General questions answered the FAQ about the VSX registry.