Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Version1(as of 4/21/2021)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
LicenseOpen Source
CategoryProgramming
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Main Features

  • Code debugger included with the editor
  • IntelliSense code auto-completion
  • Built-in support for Git version control
  • Extensible and customizable

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.55
Screenshot of Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.55

Microsoft Visual Studio Code, commonly called VS Code, is an open-source, cross-platform code editor. It provides programmers with debugging tools, built-in Git commands, IntelliSense code completion, and support for extensions that can add capabilities to the software. Although the program sounds similar, it is not to be confused with Microsoft Visual Studio, which is a proprietary integrated development environment (IDE).

Visual Studio Code enables you to write and edit a wide variety of source code files, such as .HTML, .JS., .CSS, .PHP, .JAVA, and .PY. In addition to common features, such as syntax highlighting, Visual Studio Code offers several developer conveniences. The program comes with built-in support for Git and allows you to add other version control systems by installing extensions from the VS Code Marketplace. Helpful debugging tools display code errors and suggestions and enable you to set code breakpoints. IntelliSense also comes standard, intelligently completing code and offering quick code references.

The Visual Studio Code interface consists of a tabbed editing pane with a configurable layout. Multiple files may be viewed simultaneously side-by-side or in one of several grid view options. A file explorer pane allows for quick navigation within the files and folders that make up the workspace. An optional terminal may be used within the software, allowing developers to interact with command-line tools, such as task runners and package managers, without switching windows.

Visual Studio Code has become one of the most popular development environments among web and software developers. The healthy community of users has led to a wide variety of extensions available to add additional functionality and many options to customize the appearance and behavior of the software. If you are looking for a new text editor for your programming needs, Microsoft Visual Studio Code is a great choice.

Primary File Type

html icon.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.CC/C++ Source Code File
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.CPPC++ Source Code File
.CSC# Source Code File
.CSSCascading Style Sheet
.CSXVisual C# Script
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.JAVAJava Source Code File
.JSJavaScript File
.JSONJavaScript Object Notation File
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.MAKEFILEMakefile
.PHPPHP Source Code File
.PLPerl Script
.PYPython Script
.RBRuby Source Code
.SQLStructured Query Language Data File
.XMLXML File
.XSLXML Style Sheet
.YAMLYAML Document
Updated 4/21/2021