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The best code collaboration & pair programming tools for developers

Photo of Naman Singhal Naman Singhal

Last updated: 2021-11-09

Naman has a background in computer science and has published research with IEEE on predicting software bugs using machine learning models.

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The best code collaboration and pair programming tools allow participants to share and edit code in real-time without compromising on security as well as provide communication options such as a chat and voice/video conferencing built into the coding environment.

We tested 10 code collaboration and pair programming tools using our independent selection criteria and the requirements described below. The best code collaboration & pair programming tools for developers in 2021 are:

  1. CodeTogether
  2. Visual Studio Live Share
  3. Code With Me
  4. GitLive
  5. Duckly
  6. AWS Cloud9

In this review, we discuss what makes these the best code collaboration tools. We examined the pair programming tools from the perspective of a developer looking to collaborate remotely. With the changing shape of the workplace as a result of COVID-19, working as part of a distributed team has become increasingly commonplace. Our reviews assess key criteria including UI, communication capabilities and the security of the code collaboration tools tested.