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TOP 5 open source development tools

Software is eating the world, and there are not enough developers to fulfil demand.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for software developers, which includes software engineers, will grow 22%, substantially faster than the 4% average for all careers.

As developers and IT professionals, this demand results in pressure. We are often given impossible deadlines, velocity goals and expected to deliver at breakneck speeds, with zero bugs. This is exactly why we need the support and acceleration of good development tools.

What makes for a good development tool? Although the term "developer tool" is very general and can apply to a wide range of services, there are a few key features that your top developer tools should have.

  • It saves you time;

  • Good documentation;

  • It integrates well with other tooling;

  • Good community;

  • Regular releases and updates.

Below we'll cover the top open-source development tools you should be using in 2021. Without these tools, the work we do, the deadlines we hit, the bugs we find and squash before release would be impossible.

VS Code

Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript, and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C++, C#, Java, Python, PHP, Go).


Budibase is an open source low-code platform, bringing together everything required to build internal tools and custom business apps, such as; dashboards, admin panels, approval apps, customer portals, and everything in between. Within minutes, transform data and processes into powerful internal tools.


PostHog is a product analytics platform built for the enterprise, with the differentiators of being open source and having a broader view of the tools needed to make a product successful.


Snyk is a developer-first platform for building cloud-native applications securely. In addition, it helps and encourages developers to remediate open source vulnerabilities during the development process.


Storybook is a tool for UI development. It makes development faster and easier by isolating components, allowing developers to work on one component at a time. As a result, you can develop entire UIs without needing to start up a complex dev stack, force specific data into your database, or navigate around your application.

Open source development tools come in many shapes and sizes, and it's often a complex process when choosing the right tool for a new project. I hope that my list will help you in your development. In the comments, you can add your favorite open source tools. Thank you for reading and have a nice day))

Discussion (2)

shimanshu83 profile image

The blog is nice. I have one suggestion just make the technology nam in bold.

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Alex_Kucher Author

Thank you very much! Have a nice day!