For those times when I need to look at code, I mostly use Sublime Text, but for the next few weeks or months, I’ll be trialling Visual Studio Code. But first I had to install it. This post shows how I did it on Ubuntu 16.10. Same method works on Ubuntu 17.04.
Installation packages for Visual Studio Code are not in the official Ubuntu repository, but there are binary installation packages that you may download from the project’s download page. Another avenue for installation is via snaps, universal packages that work across Linux distributions.
Install Visual Studio Code from .deb file
To start with this method, download the .deb file from here and save it to your downloads folder. Then use the following command to install it:
# install using the .deb file
sudo dpkg -i vscode_1.12.*_amd64.deb
After installation has completed, start it from the launcher.
Install Visual Studio Code from snap
Installing Visual Studio Code from snap requires that the snapd service be running, which is the default on Ubuntu. Use the following commands to install it:
# To install Visual Studio Code from snap, first find it
# > indicates output
snap find vscode
> Name Version Developer Notes Summary
> vscode 1.12.2-1494422229 flexiondotorg classic Code editing. Redefined.
# Then install it
# the --classic option enables classic mode and disables security confinement
sudo snap install --classic vscode
> vscode 1.12.2-1494422229 from 'flexiondotorg' installed
After installation has completed using this method, launch it from the command line by typing the vscode command. Started from the command line or from the launcher will get you a main window like that in Figure 1. In may ways, Visual Studio Code is just like the Atom editor, though it appears to be a lot more resource-friendly.
Visual Studio Code ships with dozens of extensions. I’ll report back over the next few months on any issues I find while using this application.