Running VS Code on Linux
Debian and Ubuntu based distributions
The easiest way to install for Debian/Ubuntu based distributions is to download and install the .deb package (64-bit) either through the graphical software center if it's available or through the command line with:
sudo dpkg -i <file>.deb sudo apt-get install -f # Install dependencies
Installing the .deb package will automatically install the apt repository and signing key to enable auto-updating using the regular system mechanism. Note that 32-bit and .tar.gz binaries are also available on the download page.
The repository and key can also be installed manually with the following script:
curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'
Then update the package cache and install the package using:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install code # or code-insiders
RHEL, Fedora and CentOS based distributions
We currently ship the stable 64-bit VS Code in a yum repository, the following script will install the key and repository:
sudo rpm --import https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc sudo sh -c 'echo -e "[code]\nname=Visual Studio Code\nbaseurl=https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/vscode\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc" > /etc/yum.repos.d/vscode.repo'
Then update the package cache and install the package using
dnf (Fedora 22 and above):
dnf check-update sudo dnf install code
Or on older versions using
yum check-update sudo yum install code
Note that due to the manual signing process and the system we use to publish, the yum repo may lag behind and not get the latest version of VS Code immediately.
openSUSE and SLE based distributions
The yum repository above also works for openSUSE and SLE based systems, the following script will install the key and repository:
sudo rpm --import https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc sudo sh -c 'echo -e "[code]\nname=Visual Studio Code\nbaseurl=https://packages.microsoft.com/yumrepos/vscode\nenabled=1\ntype=rpm-md\ngpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc" > /etc/zypp/repos.d/vscode.repo'
Then update the package cache and install the package using:
sudo zypper refresh sudo zypper install code
AUR package for Arch Linux
There is a community maintained Arch User Repository (AUR) package for VS Code.
Nix package for NixOS (or any Linux distribution using Nix package manager)
There is a community maintained Nix package in the nixpkgs repository. In order to install it using Nix, set
allowUnfree option to true in your
config.nix and execute:
nix-env -i vscode
Installing .rpm package manually
The .rpm package (64-bit) can also be manually downloaded and installed, however auto-updating won't work unless the repository above is installed. Once downloaded it can be installed using your package manager, for example with
sudo dnf install <file>.rpm
Note that 32-bit and .tar.gz binaries are also available on the download page.
VS Code ships monthly and you can see when a new release is available by checking Updates. If the VS Code repository was installed correctly, then your system package manager should handle auto-updating in the same way as other packages on the system.
If you'd like to install Node.js on Linux, see Installing Node.js via package manager to find the Node.js package and installation instructions tailored to your Linux distribution.
Setting VS Code as the default text editor
You can set the default text editor for text files (
text/plain) that is used by
xdg-open with the following command:
xdg-mime default code.desktop text/plain
Debian alternatives system
Debian-based distributions allow setting a default editor using the alternatives system, without concern for the mime type. You can set this by running the following and selecting code.
sudo update-alternatives --set editor /usr/bin/code
Once you have installed VS Code, these topics will help you learn more about VS Code:
- Additional Components - Learn how to install Git, Node.js, TypeScript and tools like Yeoman.
- User Interface - A quick orientation to VS Code.
- User/Workspace Settings - Learn how to configure VS Code to your preferences through settings.
Azure VM Issues
I'm getting a "Running without the SUID sandbox" error?
You can safely ignore this error.
Debian and moving files to trash
If you see an error when deleting files from the VS Code Explorer on the Debian operating system, it might be because the trash implementation that VS Code is using is not there.
Run these commands to solve this issue:
sudo apt-get install gvfs-bin
"Visual Studio Code is unable to watch for file changes in this large workspace" (error ENOSPC)
When you see this notification, it indicates that the VS Code file watcher is running out of handles because the workspace is large and contains many files. The current limit can be viewed by running:
The limit can be increased to its maximum by editing
/etc/sysctl.conf and adding this line to the end of the file:
While 524288 is the maximum number of files that can be watched, if you're in an environment that is particularly memory constrained, you may wish to lower the number. Each file watch takes up 540 bytes (32-bit) or ~1kB (64-bit), so assuming that all 524288 watches are consumed that results in an upper bound of around 256MB (32-bit) or 512MB (64-bit).
I can't see Chinese characters in Ubuntu
We're working on a fix. In the meantime, open the application menu, then choose File > Preferences > Settings. Then set
editor.fontFamily as shown:
"editor.fontFamily": "Droid Sans Mono, Droid Sans Fallback"
Package git is not installed
This error can appear during installation and is typically caused by the package manager's being out of date. Try updating it and installing again:
# For .deb sudo apt-get update # For .rpm (Fedora 21 and below) sudo yum update # For .rpm (Fedora 22 and above) sudo dnf update
The code bin command does not bring the window to the foreground on Ubuntu
Running 'code .' on Ubuntu when VS Code is already open in the current directory will not bring VS Code into the foreground. This is a feature of the OS which can be disabled using
# Install sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager # Run ccsm
Under General > General Options > Focus & Raise Behaviour, set "Focus Prevention Level" to "Off". Remember this is an OS-level setting that will apply to all applications, not just VS Code.