To update ExplainDev Chrome extension to the latest version go to chrome://extensions/ and click update in the top left corner.

23 September 2022

๐ŸŒŸ VS Code extension now accessable for all account holders! 

- Autogenerated follow up questions with answers.

21 September 2022

๐Ÿฅ Deployed VS Code extension! Authentication now set up for those who signed up as early testers.

- Consise explanations for function of selected code.

15 August 2022

At, you can now select code from within the snippet and generate explanations. The explanation will be generated in a new text box with an arrow from the selection.

Explanation text, text boxes and arrows are now customizable in the right panel.

5 August 2022

๐Ÿฅ New graphic tutorial generator: Try the ExplainDev API and Create graphical tutorials at . This tool allows you to enter your own code in a beautiful layout you can customize and share.

We've moved to a usage-based pricing model where all users can get 1000 credits for free and fall in love with getting explanations for code.

22 June 2022 (1.6.0)

Increased context and accuracy when explaining a portion of code! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽ‰
Select as little code as you please and receive an accurate description of what the code is doing as well as contextual follow up questions/answers.

Better code readability! Fragments of code are now styled using a monospace font.

Other changes:

  • Option to close follow-up questions
  • Increase to source code limit: you can now explain more code (up to 3000 characters instead of 2000).


  • Dark mode compatible: ExplainDev can be used in dark mode with the Dark reader browser extension

18 May 2022 (v1.5.1)


  • Follow-up questions improved: users should see less repeated follow-up questions and see more, new interesting ones.
  • Prompt fixes on GitHub: GitHubโ€™s keyboard shortcuts no longer impact keyevents inside the text box for user questions or prompts.

16th May 2022 (v1.5.0)

๐ŸŒŸ New feature: Write your own prompts!

Type in your own questions or prompt the AI for more context on the code in your browser.

4th May 2022 (v1.4.0)

  • Faster explanations
  • Unlimited follow up questions (feature now ON by default)
  • Option in the pop-up to report a website without explain buttons

13th April 2022 (v1.3.2)

  • Improved support for code in Jupyter Notebooks
  • Display email address in the options window

8th of April 2022 (v1.3.1)

๐ŸŒŸ New feature: Follow-up questions.

This customization option allows you to generate more follow-up questions for the code you want explained.

Users turn the feature on by going to the options pop up that is accessed through the ExplainDev icon at the top right corner of your Chrome browser. ExplainDev icon may be nested under the puzzle piece icon.

6th of April 2022 (v1.3.0)

  • Self-service access key recovery. Users can recover their password from the options window within the extension
  • Onboarding: new users will see an onboarding right after the first time the login. The onboarding can be opened again by clicking the โ€œLearn to use ExplainDevโ€ button in the top-left corner
  • Statistics: users can see how many code explanations and feedback responses they have submitted to the the platform
  • Users can log out.


  • Improved positioning of โ€œExplainโ€ button within code snippets
  • Support for C++ code snippets on GitHub

29th of March 2022 (v1.2.1)

Fix problems with height and positioning of the tooltip

28th of March 2022 (v1.2.0)

๐ŸŒŸ New feature: Change complexity of explanations. 

This customization option changes how verbose explanations are and also changes the amount of technical language included in an explanation.

Options for customizing ExplainDev are now in the extension pop up. Options include:

  • Language: English or Spanish.
  • Level of explanations: Basic or Advanced.
  • Add Explain button on code blocks: on or off.

13th of March 2022(v1.1.2)

  • Fix positioning of tooltip when is explaining selected code
  • Code Block detection on Postgresql

8th of March 2022(v1.1.1)

Feedback prompts simplified:

Users can now specify whether explanations are "Too Basic", "Just Right", or "Too Complicated". This replaces the "Helpful", "Unhelpful", or "wrong" and providves us with more actionable feedback.

7th of March 2022 (v1.1.0)

๐ŸŒŸ New feature: Right-click to explain:

Users can now find an explain option in their right-click menu. This enables users to explain code that is outside of code-blocks or snippets.

Other changes:

  • Loading spinner added to provide feedback to the user that an explanation is being generated.
  • Arrow included under the explanation to point to the source of explanation.
  • Improved explanation messages
  • Explain button location moved left to avoid covering the copy button often placed in the top right corner of code snippets.

23rd of February 2022 (v1.0.16)

ExplainDev now works on more websites:

  • Ruby docs.
  • Apache docs

Support for language Elm

21st of February 2022 (v1.0.15)

Explanations in prose instead of lists:

We've been doing some testing and found this new response more accurate than the list style we had. If you want your account reverted back to using lists - please email us 

Other fixes:

  • Improved support for code snippets in languages like Scala, Rust, Python, SQL, C++
  • Improved handling of errors

11th of February 2022 (v1.0.14)

๐ŸŒŸ New feature: Explanations in Spanish

Bug fixes that improved stability

12th January 2022 (v1.0.1)

๐ŸŒŸ ExplainDev is born