Visual Studio Code 1.31 Released! No Restart on Extension Install

February 7, 2019 — Leave a comment

Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code IDE 1.31 was released recently with new features, tree UI improvements, menu updates, and more.

Visual Studio Code 1.31 release highlights:

  • No longer required to reload VS Code when you install or enable an extension.
  • New tree widget
  • Improved keyboard navigation
  • Added cut command in Explorer context menu.
  • More navigation actions added to Go menu.
  • Added keyboard navigation in Linux with custom menus
  • Full multiline issue details in the Problems panel.
  • References: Show History command for the References view.
  • Semantic selection for HTML, CSS, and JSON.
  • Terminal text automatically reflows as panel width changes.
  • Custom user input for task and debug configuration.

How to Install VS Code 1.31 in Ubuntu:

The easiest way is to install the community maintained Snap package, containerized software package, which available in Ubuntu Software:

The 1.31 snap package is not available at the moment, though it auto-updates itself once you installed it.

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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