Working with Docker
Docker is a very popular container platform that lets you easily package, deploy, and consume applications and services. Whether you are a seasoned Docker developer or just getting started, Visual Studio Code makes it easy to author
docker-compose.yml files in your workspace.
Install the Docker extension
Docker support for VS Code is provided by an extension. To install the Docker extension, open the Extension Viewlet by pressing ⇧⌘X (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+X) and search for
vscode-docker to filter the results. Select the Docker Support extension.
While here, you can install many other extensions to make you more productive with VS Code.
Tip: The extensions are dynamically queried. Click on an extension tile to read the description and reviews to decide which extension is best for you. See more in the Marketplace.
With Docker, you can build images by specifying the step by step commands needed to build the image in a
Dockerfile. A Dockerfile is just a text file that contains the build instructions.
VS Code understands the structure of Dockerfiles as well as the available set of instructions, meaning we can give you a great experience when authoring these files in the tool.
- Create a new file in your workspace named
- Press ⌃Space (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Space) to bring up a list of snippets corresponding to valid
- Press Tab to move between fields within the snippet. For example, with the
COPYsnippet you can fill in the
sourceand then press Tab to move to the
In addition to snippets for authoring your
Dockerfile, Visual Studio Code will provide you with a description of any Docker command you hover over with the mouse. For example, when hovering over
WORKDIR you will see the following.
Docker Compose lets you define and run multi-container applications with Docker. You define what the shape of these containers look like with a file called
Visual Studio Code's experience for authoring
docker-compose.yml is also very rich, providing IntelliSense for valid Docker compose directives and it will query Docker Hub for metadata on public Docker images.
- Create a new file in your workspace called
- Define a new service called
- On the second line, bring up IntelliSense by pressing ⌃Space (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Space) to see a list of all valid compose directives.
- For the
imagedirective, you can press ⌃Space (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Space) again and VS Code will query the Docker Hub index for public images.
VS Code will first show a list of popular images along with metadata such as the number of stars and description. If you continue typing VS Code will query the Docker Hub index for matching images, including searching public profiles. For example, searching for
Microsoft will show you all the public Microsoft images.
Many of the most common Docker and docker-compose commands are built right into the Command Palette (⇧⌘P (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+P)).
Running commands on Linux
By default, Docker runs as the root user on Linux, requiring other users to access it with
sudo. This extension does not assume root access, so you will need to create a Unix group called "docker" and add users to it. Instructions can be found here: Create a Docker group