2026. Installing and Using Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code
Walk through setting up Visual Studio Code and get an overview of the basic features.
1. What is Visual Studio Code?
Visual Studio Code(VS Code) is a source code editor developed by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. It includes support for debugging, embedded Git control, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, and code refactoring.
Visual Studio Code is based on Electron, a framework which is used to deploy Node.js applications for the desktop.
Go to https://code.visualstudio.com/, download VS Code and install it.
3. Running and Using VS Code
3.1 Launch from UI
Start VS Code through Launch pad.
3.2 Launch from Terminal
In terminal, navigate to the folder where your code file locates, type the following command.
$ code .
.represents the current directory.
If you get the ‘code: command not found’ error, you need to install ‘code’ command in PATH. In VS Code, open the Command Palette (⇧⌘P) and type shell command to find the Shell Command: Install ‘code’ command in PATH command.
After executing the command, restart the terminal for the new $PATH value to take effect. You’ll be able to simply type ‘code .’ in any folder to start editing files in that folder.
3.3 Hot Keys
Go to menu Code > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts to view or define the shortcut keys.
3.4 Useful Shortcuts
|CMD + P||Go to File|
|CMD + Shift + P||Toggle Command Palette|
|CMD + F||Find in current document|
|CMD + Shift + F||Project Scope Search|
|CMD + /||Toggle Line Comment|
|Ctrl + Tab||Switch between working files|
|CMD + Shift + M||Go to Problems|
|CMD + Shift + D||Debug, Breakpoint, Watch|
|CMD + Shift + V||Preview Markdown directly in the editor|
- Replace CMD with ctrl on windows.
The debugging is more useful for debugging server-side code than for browser-side code,