Frequent Asked Questions
Thanks for your interest in Java on Visual Studio Code! This FAQ will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have.
Are these Java extensions open source?
Yes. All the Java Extensions provided by Red Hat, Microsoft, and Pivotal are open source, as well as most extensions supported by the community. You can find their corresponding repositories on GitHub from the Marketplace pages.
Are there any other feature coming to Java on Visual Studio Code?
Definitely. We use GitHub issues to track incoming requests and planned work for each of our extensions. Currently we're working on adding more refactoring and linting features to enhance the editing productivity, as well as some performance improvements to make it even faster.
Most of our work is collected from and prioritized by customer feedback. If you're interested in providing your thoughts, you can either go directly to our project repositories to submit a new issue or use this Survey Link to share your thoughts.
We do have limited capacity within the team and we'd really like to encourage more contributions from the great Java community. If you're passionate about your idea and would like to help fellow Java developers, you're welcome to join us! Some areas worth considering including Gradle support, code analysis and test coverage tools, profiler, and additional framework support including DropWizard, JavaFX, JPA, Play, Akka, OSGi.
Can I use keyboard shortcuts from other IDE?
Sure. Keymap extensions in VS Code modify the VS Code shortcuts to match those of other editors. You can find IntelliJ IDEA Keybindings, Eclipse Keymap as well as keymaps for other popular editors in Keymaps category of extensions in the Marketplace.
Where can I find the latest progress of Java support on Visual Studio Code?
You may Sign up to follow the latest of Java on Visual Studio Code.
We're currently publishing our updates at The Visual Studio Blog, which will report all our major features and improvements.
While you're using Java within VS Code, you might also see a Release Notes once you update the Java Extension Pack. That will give you an overview on the notable updates included in the extensions.
How can I use Visual Studio Code with Java 12 and 13?
Thanks to the upstream update from JDT, you can now build your project with Java 12 and Java 13 features with VS Code as well. To use the experimental language features such as the new
switch statement, add the following settings to
<build> <plugins> <plugin> <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId> <artifactId>maven-compiler-plugin</artifactId> <version>3.8.0</version> <configuration> <source>12</source> <compilerArgs>--enable-preview</compilerArgs> </configuration> </plugin> </plugins> </build>
Will this be available for Visual Studio?
Currently we don't plan to extend the Java support to Visual Studio. There's already great IDEs for Java and we're focusing on VS Code to provide a lightweight experience in a polyglot editor.
Does VS Code Java support other display languages?
Currently we support Chinese in addition to English for a few extensions including Debugger for Java, Java Test Runner, Maven for Java, Java Dependency Viewer. To learn how to switch the VS Code display language, see Display Languages.
You can contribute to the extension repositories if you're interested in additional display language support.
How to troubleshoot and contribute to the Java Language Server
You can visit the Java for Visual Studio Code wiki to find answers regarding: