Most Popular Programming Languages 2022

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What are the most used Programming Languages in 2022?

In the following article you will learn more about the most popular programming languages that are in demand in 2022. You will be informed about the details and possible applications of the most dominant computer languages. 

So, what are the go-to programming languages in 2022? To answer that question properly, we not only consider our own experience working in the industry, we also brought you two relevant sources. You might have heard of the following Indexes before: the TIOBE Index and the PYPL Index. Let’s start with the TIOBE Index.

TIOBE Index: Popular Programming Languages August 2022

What is the TIOBE Index?

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures the popularity of various programming languages. Once a month, the index is updated. The rankings are based on the global number of skilled software developers, courses, and third-party vendors. The ratings are calculated using popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube, and Baidu. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not concerned with the best programming language or the language with the most lines of code.

According to the TIOBE Index, the following Programming Languages where the most popular in August 2022:

  1. Python 15.42%
  2. C 14.59% 
  3. Java 12.40%
  4. C++ 10.17%
  5. C# 5.59%
  6. Visual Basic 4.99%
  7. JavaScript 2.33%
  8. Assembly language 2.17%
  9. SQL 1.70%
  10. PHP 1.39%
  11. Swift 1.27%
  12. Classic Visual Basic 1.27%
  13. Delphi/ Object Pascal 1.22%
  14. Objective-C 1.22%
  15. Go 0.98%
  16. R 0.92%
  17. MATLAB 0.90%
  18. Ruby 0.82%
  19. Fortran 0.81%
  20. Perl 0.72%

Python is the most popular programming language in august 2022. According to the TIOBE Index, Python increased its market share to +3.56% compared to august 2021. C (+2.03%), Java (+1.96%), C++(+2.81%) and C#  following shortly after, with an increase of +0.45%. These programming languages are far ahead of the other languages in the TIOBE Index. That should give you a good first impression, let’s verify it with the PYPL Index.

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PYPL Index: Popular Programming Languages August 2022

What is the PYPL Index?

The PYPL Popularity of Programming Language Index is designed by analyzing the frequency with which language tutorials are searched on Google: the more frequently a language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. It serves as a leading indicator. Their raw data comes from Google Trends.

According to the PYPL Index, the following Programming Languages where the most popular in August 2022:

  1. Python 31.78%
  2. Java 14.66%
  3. JavaScript 9.13%
  4. R 6.89%
  5. C# 5.81%
  6. C/C++ 5.52%
  7. Objective-C 2.83%
  8. Swift 2.81%
  9. TypeScript 2.49%
  10. Rust 2.42%
  11. PHP 2.42%
  12. GO 2.23%
  13. Matlab 1.95%
  14. Ruby 1.62%
  15. Kotlin 1.13%
  16. VBA 1.07%
  17. Lua 0.88%
  18. Julia 0.82%
  19. Scala 0.80%
  20. Visual Basic 0.54%

In both indexes, Python is the most in demand programming language in August 2022. According to PYPL that’s a decrease of -2.2% compared to a year ago. Apart from this, you can see some fine differences between both indexes. Java comes in second place with a decrease of –3.9% in popularity. Followed by JavaScript in third place with a decrease of -0.1% to last year. R is the 4th most popular programming language in august 2022 with an increase of +1.9%. C# is 5th with another decrease in popularity of -1.2%.

The data from both portals roughly coincide with our experience and the current inquiries of needed software developers we receive. Let’s gather more information about the most used and searched programming languages and take a closer look at the hottest programming languages this year.

Most popular Programming Languages

What are the 5 main programming languages? 


Python is one of the most popular programming languages today. It is a free, open source programming language with extensive support modules and community development, easy integration with web services, user-friendly data structures and graphical user interface based desktop applications. It is a popular programming language for machine learning and deep learning applications.

  • Platform: Web, Desktop
  • Wide userbase

Common use: AI, Data Science, Applications


It is one of the most popular programming languages in use today. 

This general-purpose programming language, with its object-oriented structure, is owned by Oracle Corporation and has become a standard for applications that can be used regardless of platform ( Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, etc.) because of its WORA (Write Once, Run Anywhere) capabilities. As a result, Java is known for its cross-platform portability, from the mainframe data center to the smartphone. Today, there are over 3 billion devices running applications developed with Java.

Java is widely used in web and application development, as well as in Big Data. Java is also used in the backend of several popular websites, including Google, Amazon, Twitter and YouTube. It is also used in hundreds of applications. New Java frameworks such as Spring, Struts and Hibernate are also popular.

  • Cross-platform
  • High demand

Common use: Business Applications and Android 

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JavaScript is a popular scripting language for adding interactive features and other dynamic web content to web pages. Nearly 100 percent of all websites use it as a client-side programming language. Originally used only to develop web browsers, JavaScript is used for server-side website deployments as well as non-web browser applications.

Javascript, originally known as LiveScript, was created in 1995. Nowadays, JavaScript is frequently confused with Java, but don’t get confused: Java and JavaScript are not related, although they share the term “Java”. Both Java and JavaScript are languages for developing web pages and web applications.

  • Cross-platform
  • Very popular

Common use: Web Development, Mobile Application Development, Game Development and Building Web Servers

C / C++

C is the longest running and widely used programming language, and it is the foundation for other programming languages such as C#, Java, and JavaScript. C++ is a more advanced version of C. Many developers today skip C entirely, while others believe that learning C first provides a solid foundation for C++ development. Both are commonly used in computer science and programming.

C and C++ programmers can use compilers for a wide range of platforms, making applications written in these languages highly portable. C and C++ are both considered high-performance programming languages. As a result, they are widely used in the development of applications where performance is critical, such as client/server applications and commercial products.

  • Desktop, Mobile
  • Broadly used

Common use C: Programming hardware, embedded devices

Common use C++: Gaming, mathematical simulations


C#, created by Microsoft, gained popularity in the 2000s for its support of object-oriented programming concepts. It is a popular programming language for the.NET framework. C#’s creator, Anders Hejlsberg, compares the language to C++ rather than Java.

Because it uses the integrated development environment product, Microsoft Visual C++, C# is best suited for applications on Windows, Android, and iOS.

  • Cross-platform

Common use: Microsoft ad window application development, mobile and video games

Other Programming Languages in Demand


Google created Go in 2007 for APIs and web applications. Because of its simplicity, as well as its ability to handle multicore and networked systems and massive codebases, Go has recently become one of the fastest-growing programming languages.

Go, also known as Golang, was designed to meet the needs of large-project programmers. Because of its simple and modern structure and syntax familiarity, it has gained popularity among many large IT companies. Google, Uber, Twitch, and Dropbox are among the companies that use Go as their programming language. Because of its agility and performance, Go is also gaining popularity among data scientists.

  • Cross-platform
  • Minimalistic 

Common use: Applications that need to process a lot of data


PHP is an open-source programming language that was developed in 1990. Many web developers believe that learning PHP is essential because it is used to build more than 80 percent of websites on the Internet, including well-known sites like Facebook and Yahoo.

PHP is primarily used by programmers to create server-side scripts. However, developers can use this language to create command-line scripts, and programmers with advanced PHP coding skills can use it to create desktop applications.

  • Cross-platform
  • Used by vast majority of web developers

Common use: Content-related websites

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R is an open-source language that is essentially a variant of the S programming language.

R is a language specially developed for statistical applications. Its core functions lie in the statistical evaluation and visualization of data. R-based applications are used to process statistics, such as linear and nonlinear modeling, calculation, testing, visualization, and analysis. R-coded applications can interact with a variety of databases and process both structured and unstructured data.

  • Desktop
  • Cross-functional with Linux, Windows and Mac OS

Common use: Statistical software 


Swift was created by Apple in 2014 for Linux and Mac applications.

Swift is an open-source programming language that is simple to learn and supports almost everything from the Objective-C programming language. Swift, in comparison to other programming languages, requires fewer coding skills and can be used with IBM Swift Sandbox and IBM Bluemix. Swift is used in popular iOS applications such as WordPress, Mozilla Firefox, and SoundCloud.

  • Mobile applications
  • Open source software

Common use: iOS and macOS applications

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It was designed in the 1990s to have a more human-friendly syntax while remaining flexible due to its object-oriented architecture, which supports procedural and functional programming notation. Ruby on Rails (“RoR”) is a web-application framework written in Ruby.

Ruby serves as glue code, allowing developers to create customized scripts for common tasks such as shell commands, application wrappers, command line interfaces, and common gate interfaces.

  • Cross-platform
  • Resource-intensive

Common use: Data automation, data processing


Kotlin is a summary programming language created and released by JetBrains in 2011 as Project Kotlin. In 2016, the first version was officially released. It is Java-compatible and supports functional programming languages. Kotlin is widely used in the development of Android apps, web applications, desktop applications, and server-side applications. Kotlin was designed to be superior to Java, and its users are convinced. The majority of Google’s applications are written in Kotlin.

  • Cross-platform
  • 100% compatibility with Java

Common use: Applications for Android OS 

Wrapping up

That was our overview of the most important programming languages that are in use today. We from codecombinator hope you are able to get a good clue about what’s going on in the vast developing industry. In case you are looking for qualified software developers that are experienced in the programming languages discussed in this article, we are glad to help you with your challenge. 

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