Datacamp vs Codecademy | Who Will Be Crowned Our Data Champion?

Catherine Cooke

28 September, 2022

Datacamp vs Codecademy

If you are looking to learn data skills online, then you have probably heard of Datacamp and Codecademy. Whether you are wanting to learn data science, programming or how to code, these are the top platforms to consider.

You are most likely left with plenty of unanswered questions like: What are their prices? Is there a refund policy? Would a course with them help me get a job? Which platform has the best reputation?

To answer all these questions and more I’ve created an in-depth Datacamp vs Codecademy comparison. Let’s get into it!

Datacamp vs Codecademy Pricing Summary

Datacamp offers a couple of plans, the Basic (free plan) and the paid Premium plan for individual learners. The Basic plan is very limited and only gives you access to 6 free courses and the first chapter of every course. Whereas the Premium plan gives you full access and can be paid monthly at $39 a month or yearly at $300 (working out at $12.42 a month), it’s significantly cheaper to opt for the annual plan, but you will need to pay in full upfront. As well as its individual subscription plans Datacamp offers a Team’s and Enterprise plan.

Similarly, Codecademy offers subscription plans which you can choose to pay for monthly or annually. It offers the Basic free plan, then the Pro Lite which focuses on learning a skill with paths and projects costing $29.99 a month or the $179.88 annual plan (working out at $14.99 a month). Finally, the Pro plan is for an individual looking to develop their career with courses and interview prep costing $39.99 monthly or $239.88 annually (working out at $19.99 a month). Codecademy also offers a Team plan which includes a 2-week free trial.

I will explain in detail the differences between these two popular platforms, so by the end of this comparison, you’ll know whether Datacamp or Codecademy is right for you.

Round 1: Which One Is More Popular?

As you see below in this Google Trends screenshot, when it comes to popularity, there’s one clear winner: Codecademy.

Google Trends Datacamp vs Codecademy

DataCamp vs Codecademy popularity on Google Trends

DataCamp is a well established online platform offering 350+ courses on topics like Data Engineering, Programming, Machine Learning and much more. As well as its courses it focuses on helping learners land their dream data job. With more than 10 million DataCamp learners from 180+ countries, it goes without saying that it’s a trusted and legit learning platform.

The Codecademy platform focuses on teaching code, as well topics like Computer Science or Web Design. It doesn’t just offer courses, it has paths for career and skills designed to help prepare you for a job role. It offers a big bunch of courses for free to get you started and then if you fancy upgrading to a paid plan you can. It currently has 50 million learners from 190+ countries and an engaged community.

Google trends definitely give us an indication on which platform users are looking for. That still doesn’t answer all the questions and doubts you have before committing to either Datacamp or Codecademy? I aim to uncover those doubts and questions in the following rounds.

Winner: Codecademy

We kick things off with Codecademy taking the lead at 0-1

Round 2: Ease-of-Use & Interface

First impressions are important, right? So, when you first land on an online learning platform it’s important the layout is intuitive, and it’s easy to find what you are looking for. Let’s check out which platform has the easiest system?

Registration

The registration process for Datacamp is really straightforward, you can Start Learning For Free by adding your email and creating a password and instantly an account is created. As well as adding your email address you can register for a free account with Google, LinkedIn or Facebook. Then if you do decide you want to upgrade for a paid account, you can simply select upgrade and add your card details.

Datacamp vs Codecademy popularity on Google Trends

Datacamp Registration

Codecademy has a really similar registration process, you can create a free account just by adding your email and password and clicking Sign up. There is also the option to sign up using LinkedIn, Google, Facebook or Github. Then once you are signed up you can choose to upgrade to one of its paid plans.

Codecademy Registration

Codecademy Registration

Backend & Design

Once you are registered with Datacamp you can start exploring its courses, skill tracks or career tracks. As I mentioned before, if you have subscribed to its Basic (free plan) you will only get access to 6 courses and the first chapter of every course.

Welcome to Datacamp

Welcome to Datacamp

If you do decide to upgrade your account to the Premium plan you will get full access to the content library. A good place to start is by using its Filter Courses (see image below) to start learning.

Datacamp filters

Datacamp filters

Codecademy gives you the option to take a quiz to get you started, which can be pretty helpful if you are a complete beginner. You just need to answer 8 simple questions, and it will point you in the right direction for which courses and paths to take.

Codecademy Quiz

Codecademy Quiz

The Codecademy interface has similarities to Datacamp, its programming languages and subjects are listed on the left-hand side, and you can explore the catalog with its top career paths and most popular courses. It is missing a filter system which comes in handy when you know exactly what you are looking for.

Codecademy Explore the catalog

Codecademy Explore the catalog

Overall, Datacamp and Codecademy have really intuitive and user-friendly platforms and make it easy to find what you are looking for. The only feature lacking from the Codecademy platform is a filter system, so you can directly find what you are searching for.

Datacamp and Codecademy both offer an app, but unless you have paid subscriptions and an active internet you won’t be able to enjoy the full learning experience.

Winner: Datacamp

Datacamp has caught up with Codecademy with the score at 1-1

Round 3: Datacamp Vs Codecademy Courses & Skills

One of the most important factors to consider before choosing a course on a new platform are the details surrounding the course like: What topics do they offer? Who will be my instructor? Are there different types of courses and learning programs?

Course Information

Datacamp specializes in topics like data science and analytics and offers 350+ courses, as well as skill and career tracks which are designed to prepare you for a particular role or career path. Its courses are designed in a way to be really interactive and engaging for users with exercises to complete along the way.

Datacamp interactive exercises

Datacamp interactive exercises

Datacamp user reviews

Datacamp user reviews

There are a small number of learner reviews across the Datacamp platform. Sadly, there aren’t any that are course-specific, but it may be reassuring for you to read that previous learners have had a positive experience.

Codecademy Sorting Quiz

Codecademy Sorting Quiz

Codecademy offers a smaller number of courses across 20+ subjects and 15 programming languages. It is a platform that specializes in coding and offers courses related to data science and analytics. A great place to start is by taking the sorting quiz (see image above) which takes you through a series of questions to help find out which career, programming languages and course would suit you best based on your personal interests and strengths.

Codecademy Learner Stories

Codecademy Learner Stories

Codecademy has an array of learner stories talking about their experience with Codecademy. Some even include a video, which shows the effort put into collecting these learner testimonials. I must say, Codecademy has exceeded itself here, so that new learners can watch and read about previous learners.

Winner: Codecademy

Codecademy has taken this round at 1-2.

Round 4: Free Courses at Datacamp & Codecademy

A question that always crops up is: Where can I find free courses? I am always quick to point out that free doesn’t always mean quality. Saying that for some a free course, can be the catalyst to online learning, and who here doesn’t love a freebie?

Datacamp Basic Free Plan

Datacamp Basic Free Plan

Datacamp offers a basic plan which anyone can sign up to, this gives you limited access to the platform. There are 6 courses included in the free plan as well as the first chapters of every course. This is the most generous free plan, but honestly, I am seeing less and less free courses and plans offered these days from online learning platforms.

Codecademy Basic Plan

Codecademy Basic Plan

Codecademy like Datacamp offers a basic free plan, which everyone can sign up to. The Codecademy Basic plan gives you access to 180 hours of basic courses, peer support and the option to start more advanced ones. You can upgrade to a paid plan easily with both platforms.

Winner: Codecademy

Our platforms are currently drawing with the score at 2-2

Round 5: Available Languages At Datacamp & Codecademy

I promise this is a quick round.

Datacamp is a platform that teaches in English, as its community are primarily English speakers or wanting to learn in English. It does offer subtitles in English, German, Spanish, Arabic and Simplified Chinese.

Available subtitles with Datacamp

Available subtitles with Datacamp

Whereas Codecademy only offers its courses and site navigation in English, so for anyone whose second language is English and was hoping for subtitles, even in English can be helpful to follow along, will be disappointed.

Winner: Datacamp

Datacamp is out in front at 3-2.

Round 6: Datacamp Vs Codecademy Certificates

I know that earning a certificate can be really important for some learners for a number of reasons. It can be proof of successfully completing a course or learning program, something to show to a future employer, or it can be added to your Resume or LinkedIn profile. It is important to point out here that not all certificates are verified, which means the online learning platform and its courses are not partnered and issued by a credible University or Institution.

Recently Datacamp has added Professional Certifications to its catalog of courses. It currently offers a Data Scientist and Data Analyst Professional Certifications. They are designed to prepare a learner to be job-ready for these particular roles and have been created by Datacamp itself, built on a foundation of job market data. For all other courses at DataCamp you can earn statements of accomplishments, and these are all included in your membership plan.

Datacamp Professional Certification

Datacamp Professional Certification

Codecademy offers certificates of completion with its paid membership plans when you successfully complete a course or path. This certificate acts as an acknowledgement and a learner can save these and share as they please.

Winner: Datacamp

Datacamp is storming ahead at 4-2.

Round 7: Datacamp Vs Codecademy Teachers & Community

For some the teacher or instructor of the course is one of the most important factors to consider. You may have some questions about your teacher, that you want answered before you decide to commit like:

Does the teacher have qualifications to teach this subject? How many years of experience do they have? Will I be able to ask my instructor for personal feedback?

Datacamp has a network of 270+ instructors that are subject-matter experts in data science and analytics. Datacamp works closely with its instructors to support them during the course development process, but they do take ownership of their work. However, you aren’t able to reach out directly to answer questions or receive feedback.

Datacamp Instructors

Datacamp Instructors

Datacamp has an active community who uses Slack to communicate, it has various channels and the option to send direct messages to teammates who can help answer questions or doubts you may have. If those questions can’t be answered, then you can submit a support request.

Datacamp Slack Community

Datacamp Slack Community

Codecademy works a little differently as they have a team of hundreds of employees who work together to design, create and produce its course catalog. Its approach means there isn’t a face behind each course, instead it’s a team and the platform.


Codecademy Team

Codecademy Team


Codecademy has an area dedicated to its community with forums, chapters and events to help answer learners’ doubts or questions. In terms of the Forums I am not convinced how much it is really used as some posts were last made more than a couple of years ago.

Codecademy Community

Codecademy Community

Winner: Datacamp

The score stands at 5-2 to DataCamp.

Round 8: Is Datacamp or Codecademy Support Better

If you are anything like me, then slow support and bad customer service is so frustrating, right?

Datacamp has a standard support page where you search for your question and hopefully find an answer to what you are looking for. You can also send a message about a specific product or service like a course you are learning on, account & billing or more. When I contacted Datacamp about a question on one of the courses I was learning on it took them 48 hours to reply.

Datacamp Support

Datacamp Support

Like Datacamp, Codecademy has a standard help page with various articles to help answer questions and doubts. It also has a chatbot to help answer questions you may not be able to find on the support page. Like any chatbot, if they are unable to answer your question you can send them an email, which I did and they took them less than 24 hours to reply.

Codecademy Help

Codecademy Help

Winner: Codecademy

Things are getting exciting now, the score is now 5-3 with Datacamp still holding the lead.

Round 9: Which One Is Better for Businesses

Online learning Platforms aren’t just for individuals and the more teams and businesses are needing to upskill and train its employees, then they are turning to online learning as a convenient and cost effective way to do so.

Datacamp offers a couple of different plans: Teams and Enterprise. The Team plan is designed for a smaller number of users (less than 100). The Enterprise plan is for a larger business and its pricing is custom based on the needs of the larger organization. Datcamp has worked with 2.500+ companies to provide employee training from Google, Microsoft and ebay just to name a few.

Datacamp for Business

Datacamp for Business

Codecademy offers mirroring business plans, the Teams and Enterprise. Its Teams plan is for a smaller number of seats (between 5-25). Then its Enterprise plan is custom-based and for 25+ employees.

Codecademy for Business

Codecademy for Business

Winner: Datacamp

The score still has DataCamp out in front with 6-3.

Round 10: Datacamp Vs Codecademy Pricing & Refunds

We have come to the final round, pricing. It’s what most of us have to consider first before we financially commit to anything. Some of the obvious questions you may have are: What’s included in my membership plan? Is there a refund policy?

Both Datacamp and Codecademy work with a subscription model, so let me explain in more below;

Datacamp Codecademy
Courses 380+ 100+
Free Trials No free trials 7-day Free trial on Pro Lite & Premium plans
Subscription Plans Basic: Free (limited access – 6 courses only)

Premium: $39 billed monthly or $300 billed annually

Basic: $0 (Access to basic courses)

Pro Lite: $29.99 billed monthly or $179.88 billed annually

Premium: $39.99 billed monthly or $239.88 billed annually

Refunds No refund policy No refund policy
Devices Desktop, iOS & Android Desktop, iOS & Android
More information Visit Datacamp.com Visit Codecademy.com

Datacamp and Codecademy are both billed annually and each offer a free basic plan to try out the platform before you commit. Due to the fact that Codecademy offers a 7-day free trial on its Pro Lite and Premium membership plans it gets the upper hand on this one.

Winner: Codecademy

So, that leaves us with Datacamp being crowned the winner of this comparison, with the final score at 6-4 points.

Overall Winner: Well done Datacamp!

Bonus Round: Datacamp & Codecademy Alternatives

If you made it this far, firstly, thank you. It isn’t easy to summarize all the differences between these two elearning platforms. If you have got to the end of this comparison and realized that neither Datacamp or Codecademy is right for you for any number of reasons.

It may be that neither of these platforms can offer a verified certification or there isn’t help with career advice. I put together some alternative online learning platforms for you to consider.

Coursera

If earning an accredited certificate is something you are looking for, then Coursera would be your best bet. It partners with 200+ Universities and Companies like Duke and Google. It offers a whole variety of high-quality courses, specializations, degrees and more.

Coursera an alternative to Datacamp or Codecademy

Coursera an alternative to Datacamp or Codecademy

You can sign up to Coursera for free or pay for a course or subscribe to Coursera Plus a subscription plan and begin to explore its 5,000+ courses and learning programs.

More information

Visit Coursera.com

Udacity

Udacity is an online learning platform that specializes in technology topics with a particular focus on helping prepare you for a job role. It partners with leading technology companies like Google and Microsoft to create its Nanodegree programs. Nanodegrees is the name for their learning programs which are designed to prepare for a role like a Data Engineer or Data Scientist.

Udacity an alternative to Datacamp or Codecademy

Udacity an alternative to Datacamp or Codecademy

You can sign up to Udacity for free which will give you access to 200 of its programs for free. If you then decide you want to try out a paid Nanodegree you can upgrade easily.

More information

Visit Udacity.com

Pluralsight

Pluralsight is an online learning platform that offers courses on technology related topics to help individuals develop the skills of tomorrow. It offers subscription-based plans for both individuals and teams in topics like software development, IT ops, AI, machine learning and much more.

Pluralsight is alternative to Datacamp Codecademy

Pluralsight an alternative to Datacamp or Codecademy

Its individual and team plans come with 10 and 14 day free trials which give you access to its expanded library of 7,000+ courses. It has worked and helped organization like FedEx and Ford.

More information

Visit Pluralsight.com

Final thoughts: Datacamp vs Codecademy

Alright, after this long and detailed comparison, I am sure you’ll be able to pick which platform is best for you.

To quickly sum up Datacamp and Codecademy. I put together some bullet points below as to why either might be right for you.

Go with Datacamp if you want:

  • An option to pay Monthly or Annually
  • Professional Certificates
  • Responsive Support

> Try Datcamp for free

> Read the detailed Datacamp Review here

Choose Codecademy if you want:

  • Free Courses
  • Free Trial of Paid Plans
  • Learner Reviews

> Try Codecademy for free

> Read the detailed Codecademy Review here

There’s a lot to consider when choosing an online learning community, so if you still have some questions, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to help you.

Review Updates:

28/09/22 – Added Pluralsight Alternative

23/09/22 – Round 1 DataCamp vs Codecademy Updated

06/09/22 – Datacamp vs Codecademy Alternatives

31/08/22 – Datacamp vs Codecademy Published

Catherine Cooke

Hey. I am Catherine and I have been working as a freelancer for many years now. In 2005, I graduated from a BA honours in Art & Design from BCU and then went onto complete a Master’s Degree in Teaching from UEL. The skills I gained from learning and teaching have led me to create Upskillwise, a place for learners like myself to find the best possible resources and courses to train and upskill themselves, either personally or professionally. If you have a question, please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.
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