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The following list comprises of 35 websites for you to start learning programming and improve your skills for FREE.

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Jun, 20

A List Of Free Sites To Learn Coding

  • by Susith Nonis
  • in IT News
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Learning how to code has grown dramatically over the years. While it was not readily accessible in early years, now it’s easier than ever to learn for FREE. Even if you have no desire in becoming a developer, learning to code has many benefits like managing your websites more efficiently and reducing outside developers for your project.

If you’re looking to start a career as a programmer, learning to build a website, create projects or if you’re just curious about coding, this is for you.

The internet is vast and there’s so much resources out there but which suite will suite you? Nothing to worry because we did the research and made up this list of 35 free sites which is worth your time. These websites have free-form simple programming tutorials to full online coding courses.

Most famous coding platforms

1.   Codecacademy

codecacademy site

A free website with an interactive learning environment. After learning the theory, you get to practice it in the browser itself. You will have the opportunity to learn how to program and other technical skills. It’s well reputed in the coding world.

 Free programming languages offered:

  • HTML & CSS
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • C++
  • C#
  • SQL and more

2.   Udemy

udemy web site

Udemy is an online education platform which offers thousands of courses (not only programming). There are a lot of paid courses however it’s really easy to find the free ones. Another special feature of Udemy is that, there are always special offers and discounts. Here’s the link to their development courses.

Courses offered:

  • All programming languages
  • Game development (Unity, Unreal Engine etc)
  • Mobile Application development
  • Web development
  • Cybersecurity and more

3.   edX

edx web site

edX is an open-source higher education learning platform governed by Harvard and MIT. The site has many courses far beyond programming. With regard to programming, check the category “computer science”.

Some courses are paid, however there are many free educational resources which will be enough to learn coding.

Programming languages offered:

  • Python
  • C#
  • HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript
  • C++
  • SQL
  • Mobile App development
  • jQuery and more

4.   Coursera

coursera web site

Coursera is an online educational platform which offers many programming courses offered by real university professors. There are hundreds of different coding-related courses available. These courses are special because the content that is available is made from the best resources and are up to date.

All courses on the site are free, but if you wish for a certification then you will have to pay for it.

Available programming courses:

  • Python
  • Java
  • C++
  • HTML and CSS
  • PHP
  • SQL and more

5.   FreeCodeCamp

free code camp website

This online platform offers all the coding guides for free. After learning the coding, they provide hands-on experience working on projects for nonprofits. It’s perfect for people who’re willing to learn and get hands-on practical experience.

To learn coding it provides challenges and the material like tutorials and courses in order to complete the challenges. There’s also a community forum with people who are learning alongside you and a chance to meet other coders in your city/country to chat or exchange ideas.

Programming courses offered:

  • HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript
  • DevTools
  • js
  • Databases
  • Git and Github

6.   BitDegree

bit degree website

This education platform offers courses from programming to game development. They have a unique approach when it comes to learning. They have standard courses and gamified courses which give rewards and interactions as you go forward. Another unique feature of BitDegree is that blockchain is incorporated with the education process.

The courses available:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Git
  • SQL
  • PHP and more

7.   Codeconquest

Code conquest website

This a free online guide for beginners in coding. This is a perfect solution for the beginners to learn how to code by using free tutorials, cheat sheets, quizzes and much more. This site helps you start from square one even if you haven’t written a single code in your life. They also provide specific recommendations to extend your education using different tools and platforms.

The programming languages offered:

  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby
  • jQuery
  • Swift
  • Python
  • PHP and more

8.   KhanAcademy

khan academy

Khan Academy offers loads of subjects not limited to coding. In this free website you will find courses and tutorials that range from computer programming basics to the most advanced applications. There are courses here available for all ages taught by experts.

Programming languages offered:

  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • CSS
  • HTML

9.   Codewars

Code wars website

This site teaches you the programming language by using a series of challenges. All challenges have a martial-art theme which are called ‘kata’. By completing each challenge you will earn rewards and progress to higher ranks.

Goal of each challenge is to sharpen your existing skills or to learn a new programming language. It’s a great place to start learning coding-related knowledge and improve your skills.

Available programming languages:

  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Swift
  • Shell
  • JavaScript
  • C#
  • C++ and more

10.   Code.org

codewars website

This site mainly focuses on providing courses for K-12 students which are very useful for all ages. This was built with a goal of making programming a part of regular education curriculum. Millions of people have used Code.org and you can dive into hours of tutorials or have structured approaches.

Coding courses offered:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Block programming

11.   MIT OpenCourseware

MIT Open Courseware website

Getting into MIT is extremely hard and you have to be the brightest of the bunch but accessing their material is super easy. You can learn programming for free from MIT through the internet. All the subject material can be found by browsing through their courses.

There are many courses available other than programming and you can get an MIT-level education if you have the motivation to complete the tasks.

Programming languages offered:

  • Java
  • C++
  • Python
  • MATLAB
  • C#

12.   Hackr.io

hackr.io website

Hackr.io has many programming languages that you can learn from. After selecting the preferred programming you will be taken to a list of all the great courses available in order to pursue further. These results are recommended by industry leading experts and fellow coders.

You can also filter the results as paid or free, beginner or advanced, video or books and the sub categories so you can be very specific and find the best result.

They have a blog which gives tips on different coding languages as well as answering user questions. Roadmaps is a cool feature which provides the course people should take to pursue their career path.

 Programming languages being offered:

  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • C#
  • C++
  • js
  • Django
  • SQL and much more

13.   W3schools

w3schools website

This is the world’s largest web development site which offers free coding tutorials and reference materials for every aspect of web programming. It comes equipped with tutorials, examples, resources, quizzes, and exercises to help you learn coding with maximum efficiency.

There are many programming languages where you can jump right into it or select a different learning option. There’s an option to take a quick quiz to determine how much you already know and then start from a level suitable for you.

The offered programming languages:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • SQL and PHP
  • C++
  • C# and more

14.   The Odin Project

the odin project website

The Odin Project is a way to learn in depth of web development. Learning to program on your own is difficult and putting skills together is even more challenging. This platform has created a logical process from the best educational sources available on the web.

While learning coding there’s the chance of communication with other fellow students via the online chat.

The programming course offered:

  • HTML and CSS
  • javaScript
  • Git
  • Ruby
  • Databases
  • jQuery
  • Ruby on rails

15.   Bento.io

bento io website

This online educational platform provides inspiration to people to pursue programming by making the learning process affordable, accessible and fun. They believe that you shouldn’t pay to learn to code and provide all the knowledge. The tutorials are organized into tracks which makes it easier to see an overview, how much time remaining and after completion provides recommendations to try learning next.

They offer many courses not just programming, over 200 technology topics so you can find your niche here. While providing their own sources, they also provide links to other related sites.

Programming languages offered:

  • HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Shell
  • Heroku
  • SQL
  • Frontend
  • Backend and more

16.    SoloLearn

solo learn website

SoloLearn is different from other sites as it’s based on the theme “learn coding on the go” so mobile based. The courses consist of small lessons, achievements and prizes as you proceed making the learning process fun.

In the Solo Learn Playground you can share your codes to collaborate with other users. They also have a really nice blog which is frequently updated with recent news on technology and coding tips.

Programming languages offered:

  • Ruby
  • jQuery
  • HTML and CSS
  • PHP
  • Python
  • C++
  • SQL
  • JavaScript and more

17.   Dash General Assembly

dash general assembly website

This is a free online course which will teach the basics of web development. This is entirely project-based where you will build a ‘project’ with each tutorial. You will build a series of small projects that at the end will be integrated to show you how to create a website of your own.

This provides the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript which will show you how these together create modern websites. This is a great place for beginners.

Programming languages offered:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Responsive Design

18.   Upskill

upskill website

Upskill is a free online boot camp which is a great place to start coding even without any experience. Main focus is web development and will take you from beginner to a professional at the end of course. This is a free project-based web development platform which can be used in your portfolio as you progress through the course.

Programming languages offered:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Git and more

Shell Programming

19.   Command line Power user

command line power user

This is a free video series created by Wes Bos which is mainly for users with a beginner's knowledge.

20.   Conquering the command line

Free online ebook by Mark Bates which has an in-depth view of the command line.

21.   Learn enough command line

learn enough command line book

This is a free command line tutorial for complete beginners which walks you through the Unix command line. You can be a complete newbie to shell programming.

Cybersecurity

22.   Cybrary

cybrary website

A free crowd-sourced cybersecurity and IT training video tutorials which covers the major topics in the industry ranging from computer forensics, cryptography, penetration testing and cyber threat intelligence.

23.   US Department of Homeland security

US department of homeland security website

There’s an entire portal of online courses available for everyone around the globe for free. These are made by the US government security experts in order to provide the latest information available.

24.   Open Security Training

open security website

This site by the looks of has a very basic structure but all the content found here ranges from beginner to advanced classes. It has many resources related to security along the lines of network forensics, cellular security and vulnerability assessment.

Learn Data Science and Analysis for Free

25.   Springboard

spring board website

The main focus of this site is focused on data analysis, data science and building ML Models. It’s free and the curriculum consists of lectures, homework’s, assignments, projects and more. The free courses in springboard can be accessed from the above link. Also you can be a complete beginner and still get the best results from this.

26.   DataQuest

data quest website

Data Science is the correlation of computer science, math, statistics and business expertise. DataQuest provides hands-on free coding courses that teach you the skills needed to become a data scientist, data analyst or even a data engineer.

27.   EliteDataScience

elite data science website

There’s loads of material to grasp when dealing with data science. However Elite Data Science shortens that path by skipping the non-essential parts and laser-focusing on the skills and tools needed for a real life career. Comprises of tutorials, mini courses, checklists and worksheets to achieve the data science goals.

Mobile Development

28.   Android Developers

android website

The official site for android app development. This site has all the documentations and tutorials needed to develop a successful application. This site has detailed online coding tutorials and training courses.

29.   Google Developers Tool

Android developers

This is a self-paced online training course for Android suitable for both beginners and experts. These training courses are created by experts at Google and Udacity.

30.   Swift

swift website

This site provides the tutorials and the documentations to start writing in swift programming language. Swift is an easy to write programming language which is fast and safe by design.

UI and UX Designing

31.   Encyclopedia of human-computer interaction

encyclopedia of human interactions

This an in-depth explanation about the UI/UX and interaction design comprised within 53 chapters. This covers all the details needed for designing interactive websites, software, smartphones and household objects.

32.   UXPin

UX pin website

This site has loads of free UX e-books, guides and white papers which covers mobile and web prototyping, mockups, usability testing and many more.

33.   UXBEGINNER

UX beginner website

By subscribing to the newsletter you will get weekly design trainings and dive head first into the world of UI/UX. There are tons of free resources, blog articles and curated list of best UX courses, books and podcasts.

Artificial Intelligence and machine Learning

34.   Machine Learning Mastery

machine learning mastery

This site was created and managed by Jason Brownlee, PhD who is an expert in machine learning and a professional developer. He offers free tutorials and resources and includes a free machine learning course with cheat sheets included.

35.   Google AI

Google AI

Learn from ML experts at Google. There’s a lot of free courses all packed with tutorials, courses, videos and exercises which will help you on your journey to become a master of AI. This is a perfect place for absolute beginners to all the way to seasoned experts.

Conclusions

Learning programming languages used to be hours of expensive education but now you can do it from the comfort of your home with no money up-front. As you can see here, there are ample resources for you to learn programming for free at your own pace.

Gone are the days where you had to learn by paying for courses. For you to start and develop a foundation knowledge as a programmer, the free resources mentioned here is more than enough. To go further with your career path, you can follow up with the paid courses available out there.

The list is long and this does not mean you need to go through everything mentioned here. Pick the ones that intrigue you and dive right in.

If you have any questions let us know in the comments below.

Susith Nonis

I'm fascinated by the IT world and how the 1's and 0's work. While I veture into the world of Technology I try to share what I know in the simplest way to you. Hope you like it.