An open source challenger to GitHub Copilot? StarCoder2, a code generation tool backed by Nvidia, Hugging Face, and ServiceNow, is free to use and offers support for over 600 programming languages

The StarCoder code generation tool has received a massive update that could position it as a leading open source alternative to services such as GitHub Copilot.

Initially launched in May 2023 as part of a collaboration between Hugging Face and ServiceNow, the latest iteration, StarCoder2, now also has major industry backing in the form of Nvidia.