October 1, 2014

Codebox – Online & Offline Cloud IDE

Codebox is an open source IDE that can be set up to run in the cloud, on desktop, and on servers. Using Codebox, programmers are able to create collaborative, integrated development environments where they can work together with teams, freelancers, and even clients.

The way you use Codebox might depend on what you’re using the application for. For example, if you’re a programmer who works remotely, you can set up Codebox to edit code collaboratively with your team members, regardless of their physical locations. Meanwhile, you can also use Codebox to teach programming, conduct job interviews, and expedite freelancing projects. Using a cloud IDE virtually eliminates the frustration and hassle that typically goes along with setting up a coding environment, which means beginners are able to focus 100% of their energies on the real tasks at hand.

Codebox provides users with a number of unexpected features, including code completion, themes, and offline capabilities. An auto-run feature also makes it possible for Codebox to detect a project type and run it, while an “advanced graphical debugger” seamlessly helps users locate coding errors and resolve issues in less time.

Practical Uses:

  • Code together with your team in a virtual environment
  • Share coding samples with students
  • Video chat with other programmers on your team
  • Continue working on a coding project in an offline environment

Insider Tips:

  • The code completion feature finishes code as you type
  • Use the debugging tool to quickly locate errors in your code
  • Codebox can auto-detect a project type and run it

What we liked:

  • Programmers can run anything with Codebox
  • Codebox runs on desktops, laptops, chromebooks, and tablets
  • Users can build their own features through add-ons
  • Codebox’s collaborative editor works just like Google Docs

What we didn’t like:

  • Users with free plans are limited to having only one collaborator


Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
  • Founded by: FriendCode Inc.
  • Web site:


  • Free plan
  • Premium plan is $9 per month
  • Enterprise plan with custom pricing


  1. This IDE will surely be very useful for people having developers on multiple locations. A great idea.

    Thanks for sharing.

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