I've successfully installed VSCode and extension for Python. Since Ubuntu comes with two Python2 version 2.7.12 and Python3 version 3.5.2, VSCode uses Python2 as default interpreter. After opening VSCode I used command Ctrl + Shift + P to change preference and I typed Python Interpreter and selected Python3 from drop down, but I get the following error.

Failed to set 'pythonPath'. Error: Permission denied writing to file (file:///home/.vscode/settings.json)
Source:Python (Extension)

How can I access setting.json file and edit it to change interpreter to Python3?

  • Does that path exist? – George Udosen Dec 5 '18 at 15:01
  • This path exists ///home/.vscode , I've used following command in terminal cd ~/.vscode – Furqan Hashim Dec 5 '18 at 15:30
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    No, no. ~/.vscode is not /home/.vscode rather it's /home/$USER/.vscode! Type ~/.vsocde in terminal and press the return key and see the output! – George Udosen Dec 5 '18 at 15:41
  • After typing ~/.vsocde I get /home/furqan/.vscode: Is a directory – Furqan Hashim Dec 5 '18 at 16:25
  • So make the changes if you entered /home/.vscode change that to /home/furqan/.vscode! to get vscode to write to that location! – George Udosen Dec 5 '18 at 16:27

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