JavaScript extensions for VS Code

Visual Studio Code supports many features for JavaScript and Node.js development. The features that ship with the downloaded product are the core features: debugging, IntelliSense, code navigation, etc.

In addition, to these core features, you can install a large number of quality extensions to add features to VS Code for JavaScript development.

Tip: To see how to install and manage your extensions, please refer to the extension documentation.

Finding extensions

You can find JavaScript extensions by typing JavaScript in the Extension view search bar. Alternatively, you can find JavaScript extensions using tags: "tag:javascript". Search for more extensions in VS Code or in the Marketplace.

In addition you can search for Node.js extensions.

Tip: The extensions shown above are dynamically queried. Click on an extension tile above to read the description and reviews to decide which extension is best for you. See more in the Marketplace.

If you are just getting started, here are the extensions we recommend trying out.


Marketplace - ESLint

Publisher - Microsoft

Easily integrate ESLint into your project. If ESLint isn't your favorite linter, choose among a variety of other linter extensions, including JSHint, JSCS, and JS Standard.

Read more about setting up JavaScript linters in the VS Code documentation.

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Marketplace - SonarLint

Publisher - SonarSource

SonarLint helps you find and fix bugs and security issues as you code. The extension runs in the background and, just like a spell checker, highlights coding issues. SonarLint not only tells you what the issue is but also provides in-context guidance on why an issue is harmful and how to fix it, with related examples. The extension supports 200+ JS/TS rules and includes several Quick Fixes to automatically handle your coding issues.

Search for 'SonarLint' in the VS Code Marketplace and install. No configuration is required. You can start with a default profile that fits most users and customize it based on your specific needs.

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JavaScript (ES6) code snippets

Marketplace - JavaScript (ES6) code snippets

Publisher - charalampos karypidis

VS Code comes with many built-in code snippets. The JavaScript (ES6) code snippets extension adds snippets for ES6 (ECMAScript 6) syntax. Here is a small sampling of the snippets provided by this extension. See the extension's README to see the dozens of snippets this pack gives you.

javascript snippets

You can read more about JavaScript snippets in the VS Code documentation. For additional snippet packs, including Angular 1, Angular 2, Bootstrap 3, ReactJs, and jQuery, check out the Marketplace's Snippets category.

npm IntelliSense

Marketplace - npm IntelliSense

Publisher - Christian Kohler

This extension provides IntelliSense for npm modules when using import or require.

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