VS Code IDE 1.49 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu

Last updated: September 18, 2020

Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code IDE 1.49 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04.

Visual Studio Code 1.49 release highlights include:

  • Format modified text – Limit formatting to just the code you’ve changed.
  • Add support for changing text casing during global Search and Replace.
  • Display pending changes per repository in the Source Control repositories view
  • Debug Console now supports quickly filter and find debugging output.
  • Improved JS debugger Auto Attach – “Smart” Auto Attach to Node.js scripts or test runners.
  • TypeScript optional chaining refactoring – Convert multiple checks to a concise optional chain.
  • JSDoc @deprecated tag support – IntelliSense clearly shows APIs marked as deprecated.
  • Notebook UX updates – Cell Status bar contributions, enhanced notebook diff editor.

How to Install VS Code 1.49 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb package is available to 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] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | 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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