21 Best Free Websites and Online Training Platforms to Learn Programming and Software Development

Hello folks, if you are looking for some free online training websites or you are someone who is learning programming and coding by yourself and looking for some awesome free websites and coding platforms, then you have come to the right place. In this article, I am going to share 21 online training websites and platforms you can use to learn programmings and key software skills like web development,  machine learning, automation, and app development for free from the comfort of your office and home.

The list contains popular online training platforms like Pluralsight, Udemy, Coursera, and edX as well as some niche sites to learn essential software skills like Git, Linux, SQL, Coding, Haskell, Ruby, and Python.

You can join these websites or just take their training material and free courses to learn all the skills a software developer needs and start your career in IT.

21 Best Online Learning Platforms to learn Coding and Software Development

Without wasting any more of your time, here is the list of the best online training platforms you can join to learn coding and key software development skills like web development, machine learning, automation, and tools like Python, SQL, and Git for FREE.

1. plurasight.com

One of the best websites to learn any technology or IT courses, like programming language like Java, web development framework, like. Spring Framework, Hibernate, etc. It's also now acquired CodeSchool, which earlier allows you to learn web technologies by doing it. I use this website to learn a lot of cool stuff in no time.

2. udemy.com

One of the best places for online learning. you will get online courses in all the latest technology and programming language like Java, Spring,  Data Structure and Algorithms, Selenium, REST, etc. It provides both free and paid resources.

Here is a couple of useful free course to learn some of the interesting technologies:
  1. Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners (sign up here)
  2. Easy to Advanced Data Structures (click here to join free)
  3. Introduction To Python Programming (sign up here)
  4. Advanced and Object-Oriented JavaScript and ES6 (sign up here)
The paid resources are also very cheap, and you can purchase on just $9.99 during their flash sale, which happens quite often. It's full of some of the great teachers like Colt Steele, Rob Percival, Stephen Grider, Josh Portilla, John Purcell, etc.

3.  Coursera

This is another awesome website to learn online. It' founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, and it offers courses, specializations, and degrees. The best part of Coursera is that it offers online courses from Universities like Stanford, University of London, University of Michigan, Colorado, Imperial College of London, and many more.

It provides both free and paid online courses and specialization. Some of my favorite free programming courses from Coursera are :
  1. Algorithms Part I and Part 2 by Robert Sedgewick (join for free)
  2. Machine Learning by Andrew Ng (click here to join free)
  3. Python for Everybody (click here to join free)
Coursera also provides you Certification, which you can showcase in your Linkedin profile, but you need to pay for it. 

4. try.github.io

A fantastic website to learn Git in 15 minutes. The best part of this website is that it is a meta website, which means it contains some of the most useful resources to learn Git online like Learn Git branching, which will teach you Git commands right from your web browser.

It will not only help you to understand basic git commands but challenging git concepts like a branch, merge, revert, cherry-pick, rebase, etc.

There is another awesome resource, Visualizing Git, which will help you explore how Git commands affect the structure of a repository within your web browser with a free explore mode and some constructed scenarios.

5.  onemonth.com

Learn to code and build web applications in one month. This is not exactly a free website, though, you need to buy a bootcamp style course. The site has courses to learn PythonRuby, and JavaScript in 30 days, and they teach in a bootcamp style, which makes it a very effective learning place. Btw, they have a free trial! 2) A handful of free courses like the Command Line course. 3) They also have free Learn to Code with One Month Podcast coming soon

6. codecademy.com

Interactive tutorials to learn some of the most popular technologies like JavaScript, Java, Linux for free. It also has some paid courses to learn the advanced concept of Python, Java, and JavaScript. Btw, this is one of the first websites which brought interactive learning into the picture. It's JavaScript course is probably the most popular course to learn javascript online.

7. freecodecamp.org

This is another awesome community website that will help you to learn to code for free, build real-world projects, and get a job as a developer. It has a massive collection of interactive tutorials and exercises to learn JavaScript, Data Structure and Algorithms, Frontend Development, and so on. Founded by Quincy Larson, this is a really awesome place to start your coding journey. They even have a big Facebook group where you can ask questions and share your learning experience.

8. codingbat.com

Another good site to learn to code contains a lot of free programming exercises to build the coding sense in both Python and Java.

9. code.org 

The perfect website to start learning coding and basics of computer science. My kids use this website to learn to code by playing with the Minecraft game.

10. code4startup.com

A great website to learn how to code by building real companies. A great website that teaches you Web Development from scratch by building 4 real Online Businesses in 3 Months, e.g. Airbnb, Uber, etc. No experience needed.

11. codeabbey.com

Lots of programming exercises to learn to code.

12. sqlzoo.net

Interactive SQL tutorials complete with quizzes, perfect for improving your SQL query skills

13. baserails.com

Master Ruby on Rails through project-based learning. This is also a paid website that works on membership, costs around $25 per month, but their style is great. They will teach you new technologies or programming language by actually building stuff that works.

14. teamtreehouse.com

Another great website full of interactive tutorials and courses to learn any programming language or web technology. Though you need a membership to access its content, which costs around $25/month, you can explore with a 7-day free trial.

15. codecombat.com

You can play a game and learn to code in Python and Javascript. One of the best interactive and fun sides of learning online.

16. tryhaskell.org

Learn Haskell with free interactive lessons.

17. railsforzombies.org

Learn Ruby on Rails by watching videos and completing the exercises This is now merged with Pluralsight.

18. thinkful.com

A different kind of website where you can choose a course and get assigned a mentor.

19. rubymonk.com

Free interactive tutorials to help you discover Ruby idioms in your browser. The site has separate courses for beginner, intermediate, and expert Ruby developers to further hone their knowledge of Ruby programming language.

20. tryRuby.org

Another great website to learn Ruby online. This is also now merged with Pluralsight, and you need a membership to access its content.

21.  learnpython.org

A great website to learn the basics of Python. One of the most popular programming languages of this decade which allows you to do a lot of stuff from simply automating trivial stuff to developing websites and now used in Machine learning and Data Science.  If you need more reasons to learn Python, see this article.

21 Websites to Learn How to Code for Free OnlineThat's all about some of the best websites to learn how to code for free. These websites are great resources to learn a programming language like  Python and Java, evergreen technology like SQL, operating systems like Linux, Web development frameworks like  Ruby On Rails, Functional programming language like Haskel, learn to build a website and several other types of free courses.

Other Useful Free Resources for Programmers
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P. S. - If you don't mind paying a few bucks for learning a useful skill like Coding then I also suggest you join the Python 3 Bootcamp by Jose Portilla on Udemy to learn coding with Python. This is one of the best course but you can get it on just $10 on Udemy sale. Otherwise, this course would certainly cost you more than 1000$, its that great.


  1. Useful websites

    1. Thanks @Anonymous, both egghead.io and exercism.io is good websites. Thanks for sharing with us.


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