Install Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu

A code editor is one of the most important tools a developer has to keep in hand all the time. There are tons of available code editors on the internet. Visual Studio Code is an open-source code editor from Microsoft with tons of advanced and powerful features. Visual Studio Code is a lightweight yet extremely powerful source code editor. It’s available on all the major platforms – Windows, macOS, and Linux. By default, the editor comes up with support for JavaScript, Noje.js, and TypeScript. There are a number of available extensions to enable support for other popular programming languages like C++, C#, Python, Java, PHP, Go etc. Are you thinking to start programming, or looking for an advanced code editor? Let’s get started with Visual Studio Code!

Installing Visual Studio Code

The app is very simple to install. For Ubuntu platform, it’s even easier to enjoy Visual Studio Code.

  • DEB package

Get the latest DEB package of Visual Studio Code.

After the download is complete, run the following commands in a terminal –

sudo dpkg -i code_1.28.2-1539735992_amd64.deb
sudo apt install -f

  • Snap package

Visual Studio Code is also available as a snap package. Check out Visual Studio Code on Snapcraft store.

Run the following command in a terminal –

sudo snap install vscode --classic

Using Visual Studio Code

Once the installation is complete, it’s time to code with Visual Studio Code!

Here’s a demo code from HTML5 Test Page on GitHub.

The interface is dark with charming code highlighting.

Do you need additional extensions? Go to File >> Preferences >> Extensions or press the shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + X”.

For example, here’s the C/C++ extension. Simply click the “Install” button.

Voila! The extension is installed!

Need to change the view? Don’t worry! Visual Studio Code comes up with a number of available color themes. Go to File >> Preferences >> Color Theme or use the shortcut “Ctrl + K + T”.

Enjoy your coding with Visual Studio Code!

About the author

Sidratul Muntaha

Student of CSE. I love Linux and playing with tech and gadgets. I use both Ubuntu and Linux Mint.