How To Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19 & Debian 9

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Visual Studio Code is a free cross-platform source code editor developed by Microsoft. It has built-in debugging support, embedded Git control, syntax highlighting, code completion, code refactoring, and snippets.

The functionality of Visual Studio Code can be extended using extensions.

This tutorial guides you how to install Visual Studio Code editor on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19 & Debian 9 from the Microsoft’s VS Code repository.

Configure Visual Studio Code Repository

Microsoft provides the official repository for easy installation of Visual Studio Code for Ubuntu and Debian operating systems. So, you can set up the Microsoft repository on your system receive the VS Code package.

As a first task, update the repository index using the apt command

sudo apt update

Install the HTTPS support for apt and other packages.

sudo apt install -y curl apt-transport-https

Download and import the Microsoft signing GPG key using the curl command.

curl -sSL https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc -o microsoft.asc
sudo apt-key add microsoft.asc

Now, add the Visual Studio Code repository to your system.

echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main"  | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list

Install Visual Studio Code

Once you have added the repository to the system, do not forget to update the repository index.

sudo apt update

Use the apt command to install Visual Studio Code.

sudo apt install -y code

Start Visual Studio Code

Once the VS Code is installed on your system, you can launch it either from the command line or by clicking on the VS Code icon in graphical mode.

$ code

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Ubuntu 18:04: Activities >> Search for Visual Studio Code

Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04 - Start Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04
Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04 – Start Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04

Linux Mint 19: Menu >> Programming >> Visual Studio Code

Install Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 19 - Start Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 19
Install Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 19 – Start Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 19

Debian 9: Activities >> Search for Visual Studio Code

Install Visual Studio Code on Debian 9 - Start Visual Studio Code on Debian 9
Install Visual Studio Code on Debian 9 – Start Visual Studio Code on Debian 9

Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu 18.04:

Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04 - Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu 18.04
Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu 18.04 – Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu 18.04

Visual Studio Code running on Linux Mint 19:

Install Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 19 - Visual Studio Code Running on Linux Mint 19
Install Visual Studio Code on Linux Mint 19 – Visual Studio Code Running on Linux Mint 19

Visual Studio Code running on Debian 9:

Install Visual Studio Code on Debian 9 - Visual Studio Code Running on Debian 9
Install Visual Studio Code on Debian 9 – Visual Studio Code Running on Debian 9

Set VS Code as the default editor

If you have multiple source code editors and want to set the Visual Studio Code as the default editor for your project, you need run the below command to set Visual Studio Code as the default editor.

sudo update-alternatives --set editor /usr/bin/code

Update Visual Studio Code

Microsoft releases the update for Visual Studio Code monthly. You can update the version of Visual Studio Code similar to other packages, using the apt command.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade code

Conclusion

You have successfully installed Visual Studio Code on your Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19 & Debian 9. You can now install extensions and configure VS Code according to your preferences. Also, learn about the User Interface of VS Code.

That’s All.

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