9 of the best collaborative coding editors

We have written this article to help you find nine of the best collaborative coding editors for developers.

You may be solo or part of a team on a coding project. Regardless of your situation, it is useful to know this list of resources that you can make use of and allow you to edit code in real time without the limitations of local networks.

Here is a list we’ve put together for you to check out:


1# Cloud9

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Cloud9 enables you to work in the cloud using Ubuntu workspace. It is really straight to the point, saving you time from having to set up the system, you can create and run a development stack very quickly. Maintenance is taken care of by them, so you don’t need to worry about it. Through their cloud interface, you can code in real time which features a group chat box that can be accessed easily.

You can share your IDE, workspace, any running aps and demonstrate a preview of your work. The beauty of Cloud9 is that you can replay any edits. This is one functionality that we’ve not seen on other collaborative coding editors. In addition, it offers language tools to facilitate coding, debugging to check over your apps, a split view with user interface customization, keybindings editor, even a built in image editor. You can even use different modes such as Sublime, Emacs and VIM.

They also have a blog to discuss their latest developments and updates, a very useful resource to check especially if you opt to use them.

You can join for free, where you get 1 private workspace, 512 MB of RAM, 1.5 Gig Space and 1 FTP workspace. There is, of course, a premium package of $19 per month. With this package, you are then entitled to 6 private workspaces, 1BG RAM, 5GB disk space, unlimited workspaces and FTP and unlimited collaborators.


2# Koding.com

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This is another excellent choice for collaborative IDE/VM setup. They also have an app called Teamwork that permits multiple users to carry out live editing. Koding.com starts with a $19 resource pack which includes 2x CPU, 2GB RAM, 10 GB disk, 10 virtual machines, of which one is always on. They have different packages to suit every budget so you can pick one that is right for your team.


3# Madeye

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Madeye is used by many developers as it allows you to collaborate your work live on your own local files. The setup is simple; once set up on your terminal, you can share your link with anyone who wants to collaborate with you. This is as easy as Dropbox!


4# Floodbits

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Floodbits is a great collaborative tool that allows you and a co-worker to work at the same time and edit in real time, almost like being in the same room. It starts from a reasonable $15 for 5 work spaces. Floobits is quite a popular choice amongst coders working together.


5# Screenhero 

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Screen hero is great for screen sharing and it comes with a collaboration mode although some coders prefer to use local editors as opposed to web based ones. Its stand out feature is that both parties can take control of the mouse, which proves to be very useful if one co-worker needs to troubleshoot any problems. It can be used for long distance meetings to discuss draft documents, audit any work and work in any application together. Overall, it is another good all round collaborative tool.


6# Nitrous

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It offers you and your peer to collaborate your codes on the cloud through their web IDE, Chrome application or any preferred desktop editor such as Sublime Text, Textmate. The environment is cloud hosted to avoid having to maintain the machine. This means you can be more productive and spend less time troubleshooting problems on your box.


7# Codebox

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Codebox uses one IDE for multiple platforms which you can use over the cloud and on your desktop. The IDE itself is open source, giving you more flexibility for customizing your work environment. It is actually a new player in the world of collaborative software as it was launched just this year (2014 as if this writing). It is free to sign up.


8# Codeanywhere

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Very popular with fans who love using Sublime, Codeanywhere is a well-put-together collaborative tool.  It is actually a multi-platform coding editor over the cloud and works with nearly every browser. You can even connect and transfer files through FTP, SFTP and FTPS. Servers can also be managed from the cloud. You can easily track file changes and revisions made, great for working in a team.


9# CodeShare

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CodeShare is a simple yet effective real-time browser editor for sharing code with your colleagues.

All you need to do is type up your code or paste it onto the site, and share your work through a link. You can even start a video chat to convey any thoughts or ideas to your colleague. The good thing is that it is free and functional.


That about wraps it up. We hope that you’ve found this list useful.

Remember that having the optimal working environment will help yourself and any peers in a team to maximise your skills within any coding project. You can better communicate and avoid errors. They can even help your team to focus on getting the coding done from start to finish.

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