Visual Studio Code 1.28 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu

October 9, 2018

Visual Studio Code IDE

Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1.28 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04.

VS Code 1.28 release highlights according to the announcement:

  • VS Code now ships custom icons reflect file type in your OS explorer.
  • Snippets can now be scoped to a project and shared with your team.
  • Editor Tab completion can now complete all kind of suggestions.
  • New command to go to the location of your last edit.
  • New command Save without Formatting to save a file without triggering any of the save participants
  • Rename a JS/TS file through it’s import path.
  • The new Convert to async function suggestion for JavaScript and TypeScript rewrites functions that use .then Promise chaining to use async and await
  • Git improvements: better delete conflict handling, new rebase on sync option.
  • Better Markdown folding: collapse code blocks, multi-line lists, and embedded HTML.

How to Install VS Code 1.28 in Ubuntu:

The easiest way is to install the community maintained Snap (run in sandbox) package from Ubuntu Software:

You can also install the official .deb package which is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Grab the deb and install it via either Gdebi package manager or command in terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/code_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

3. Finally install the IDE via command:

sudo apt-get install code

Uninstall Visual Studio Code:

To remove the code editor, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove code

And remove the Microsoft repository by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

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