C/C++ for Visual Studio Code (Preview)
C/C++ support for Visual Studio Code is provided by a Microsoft C/C++ extension to enable cross-platform C and C++ development on Windows, Linux, and macOS.
C/C++ compiler and debugger
The C/C++ extension does not include a C++ compiler or debugger. You will need to install these tools or use those already installed on your computer.
Popular C++ compilers are:
- GCC on Linux
- GCC via Mingw-w64 on Windows
- Microsoft C++ compiler on Windows
- Clang for XCode on macOS
Make sure your compiler executable is in your platform path so the extension can find it. You can check availability of your C++ tools by opening the Integrated Terminal (⌃` (Windows, Linux Ctrl+`)) in VS Code and try running the executable (for example
Install the Microsoft C/C++ extension
- Open VS Code.
- Click the Extensions view icon on the Sidebar (⇧⌘X (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+X)).
- Search for
- Click Install.
Hello World tutorials
Get started with C++ and VS Code with Hello World tutorials for your environment:
- GCC on Windows
- Microsoft C++ on Windows
- GCC on Linux
- GCC on Windows Subsystem For Linux
- Clang/LLVM on macOS
You can find more documentation on using the Microsoft C/C++ extension under the C++ section, where you'll find topics on:
To install support for Remote Development:
- Install the VS Code Remote Development Extension Pack.
- If the remote source files are hosted in WSL, use the Remote - WSL extension.
- If you are connecting to a remote machine with SSH, use the Remote - SSH extension.
- If the remote source files are hosted in a container (for example, Docker), use the Remote - Containers extension.
If you run into any issues or have suggestions for the Microsoft C/C++ extension, please file issues and suggestions on GitHub. If you haven't already provided feedback, please take this quick survey to help shape this extension for your needs.