Visual Studio vs. CLion

CLion vs Visual Studio: What are the differences?

Both CLion and Visual Studio are cross-platform IDEs (Integrated Development Environments). The main difference is that CLion is a C and C++ IDE built by JetBrains, while Visual Studio is built by Microsoft and supports “almost every major programming language” (JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS, and HTML out of the box, with rich language extensions available).

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What is Visual Studio?

Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.

What is CLion?

Knowing your code through and through, CLion can take care of the routine while you focus on the important things. Boost your productivity with the keyboard-centric approach (Vim-emulation plugin is also available in plugin repository), full coding assistance, smart and relevant code completion, fast project navigation, intelligent intention actions, and reliable refactorings.

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Why do developers choose Visual Studio?
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Why do developers choose CLion?
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What are the cons of using Visual Studio?
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What are the cons of using CLion?
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Why do developers choose CLion vs Visual Studio?

  • Visual Studio users appreciate that it’s a complete IDE and debugger. They note its UI, plugins, and free community edition as pros.
  • CLion fans call it a good editor that’s easy to set up, and appreciate its clean UI, powerful refactoring, and intelligence as an IDE.


How much does Visual Studio cost?
How much does CLion cost?


What companies use Visual Studio?
816 companies on StackShare use Visual Studio
What companies use CLion?
12 companies on StackShare use CLion


What tools integrate with Visual Studio?
16 tools on StackShare integrate with Visual Studio
What tools integrate with CLion?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with CLion

What are some alternatives to Visual Studio and CLion?

  • IntelliJ IDEA - Capable and Ergonomic IDE for JVM
  • Android Studio - Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA
  • Xcode - The complete toolset for building great apps
  • PhpStorm - Professional IDE for PHP and Web Developers

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