I just downloaded VSCode-linux-x64 from the Microsoft website. It's a 62 MB zip file. How can I install it on my Ubuntu system?


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VSCode is now available as DEB file. You can download it and then run:

sudo dpkg -i ~/path/to/code_1.XXX.deb

In case dpkg complains about missing dependencies, run:

sudo apt -f install

afterwards to fix the problem.

Old answer

  1. Download Visual Studio Code for Linux
  2. Extract it: unzip VSCode-linux-x64.zip -d ~/path/to/VSCode
  3. Run the code executable to open Visual Studio Code
  4. (Optional) Create a symbolic link to conveniently run code from the terminal:
    sudo ln -s /path/to/VSCode/code /usr/local/bin/code

Source (install instructions): https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/linux

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    Also make sure that you are root while extracting files and then allow rwx permissions for the extracted files to desired user Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 11:05
  • One issue I am facing is how to add it launcher. Because locking it launcher becomes useless once you close the VS Code. You have to open it from the sym link you created. Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 11:11
  • @mnstalemate see here on how to create a custom launcher askubuntu.com/a/78747/167115
    – mchid
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 12:28
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    This worked for me: code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/linux -> install the .deb package through Ubuntu software install Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 1:32
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    Indeed, instruction have changed → “Install the package through a GUI package manager by double clicking on the package file, or through the command line:”
    – Frank N
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 14:49

Visual Studio Code enabled official Linux repositories on February 2017 (v1.10)

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys EB3E94ADBE1229CF
sudo add-apt-repository -y "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main"
sudo apt -y install code

You can upgrade / dist-upgrade as usual

sudo apt -y upgrade
sudo apt -y dist-upgrade
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    This answer needs more up-votes and need be accepted by question owner. Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 18:09
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    Your code does not work for me. Please test it and consider following official instructions instead: github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/2973#issuecomment-280575841
    – abumalick
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 22:33
  • See JeffRSon's answer for a more up-to-date method, similar to (but easier than) this Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 18:22
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    @terdon let me know if I'm mistaken, but IMO an answer shouldn't be a place to discuss another answer. Also, I actually disagree with your second part, because this one doesn't require a .deb file beforehand (hence why I wrote it after the accepted Cactux's one).
    – zurfyx
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 15:01
  • You're quite right in that the comments of one answer are not the place to discuss another. But a single comment simply pointing out a perceived benefit of another answer isn't harmful and could be helpful. I sometimes leave one under my own answer if I feel that one of the others is better, for example.
    – terdon
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 15:05

Now there's a .deb package for Ubuntu and Debian besides the rpm/zip. It is available here and may be installed as usual:

sudo dpkg -i vscode-amd64.deb

Works fine on Xenial. Maybe someone creates a PPA to simplify updates. Or it 'll become part of the official repository.

Update 03/17: Since version 1.10 (February 2017) there is built-in support for official Linux repositories. VS Code now can auto-update on Linux, although you have to install it one time manually.

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    this should probably be marked the correct answer as of 2016-06-05
    – user25064
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 14:24
  • @user25064 the answer that leveraged ubuntu-make worked totally fine for me 2016-10-11 however the .deb file certainly makes it easier as well. Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 12:24
  • Is there a PPA? Now there's a new release, it'd be so good to get it with apt
    – Csaba Toth
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 16:43
  • see Update - finally VSCode in Linux should be updatable easily
    – JeffRSon
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 8:57

Install the snap.

sudo apt install snapd-xdg-open
sudo snap install code --classic
  • Tried many of these answers with lots of fails. This solution totally worked for me (Xubuntu VirtualBox). What really makes this special is I can write this into a vagrant shell, and provision the virtual box up front. Easy to then share the box with others on my development team. This works great...
    – zipzit
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 6:07
  • Please upvote this answer as much as possible as it is the latest best way. Other methods are outdated.
    – Sonevol
    Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 7:41
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    Now it should be code, not vscode (official one was released and vscode snap package is now abandoned). I am unable to edit due to changed character lower limit. Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 6:07
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    I succeeded in installing VSCode with just the second command sudo snap install code --classic on Ubuntu 18.04.4 Commented Apr 28, 2020 at 22:16

Since they provide a .deb file now I recommend using that instead of the approach below.

The way I've done it is as follows. Using a terminal:

  1. Create a directory for the files and change to this directory:

    mkdir msvs && cd msvs

The directory name is arbitrary.

  1. Unpack the zip file in your new folder:

    unzip ../Downloads/VSCode-linux-x64.zip
  2. Run the ide using

    ./VSCode-linux-x64/code &

You can also create a desktop link so that you can start it directly from the desktop or double-click in nautilus.

To create a menu entry:

  1. At the terminal, create a file

    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/MSVS.desktop

and copy and paste the following:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open

[Desktop Entry]

In my case the executable resides inside /opt/msvs.

sudo cp -R ~/Downloads/VSCode-linux-x64 /opt/msvs

I also downloaded an MS icon for this application from

wget http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/344/9/1/flurry_ios_visual_studio_2012_replacement_icon_by_flakshack-d5nnelp.png

and moved it to /opt/msvs:

sudo mv flurry*png /opt/msvs
  • Does simply double-clicking the executable (Code) not work to run it, from Nautilus? (At the moment I can only test this with Nemo and PCManFM.) Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 21:13
  • That works too.
    – Harris
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 21:16
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    This is actually what I was also looking for too. Thank you. BTW: the best icons to use is it's own: Icon=/opt/msvs/resources/app/vso.png.
    – thednp
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 14:46
  • The directory structure has now changed and the path to it's own icon is now: Icon=/opt/msvs/resources/app/resources/linux/code.png
    – mchid
    Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 4:13

Visual Studio Code doesn't have to be installed, per se. Instead you can unzip the archive wherever you want it, then run the program by double-clicking the file called code (which is the main executable).

Here's a GUI-oriented procedure for doing so:

  1. Go to the Visual Studio Code site and click Download Code for Linux. (You should probably also review the license terms and privacy policy.)

  2. Make a new folder where you want Visual Studio Code to go. It's best to do this within your home folder (if other users want to use Visual Studio Code, it could be extracted separated for them--then any modifications or configuration changes will be per-user).

    This destination folder should be empty, as the .zip archive provided for download does not have everything in a top-level folder inside. For example, if you put software installed for your own user in ~/opt, you could create a new folder inside there called VSCode-linux-x64.

  3. Right click the downloaded .zip file and click Extract To..., then select the folder you created.

    If you prefer, or if your file browser doesn't show an Extract To... option, you could instead move the .zip file into the destination folder, right-click the icon, and click Extract Here.

  4. To run Visual Studio Code, double-click on the code executable, which is one of the files that was extracted.

    Currently Visual Studio Code is "preview" software, which means it is still being developed and is not yet fully stable. Therefore you might prefer to launch it from a terminal so that you can see possibly useful errors and warnings. To do that, open a Terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), cd to the directory where you extracted it, and run ./code.


Installing VS Code on Ubuntu

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

This will download the gpg key and copy and make the apt files. Then you can simply update and install vs code:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install code
  • The advantage of this installation method is that you can simple update vscode using the apt-get update command. Works fine and I use vs code with the vim plugin for over 2 years (c, c++, python, md, latex, html, javascript ...).

BTW, VS Code will be a standard package in Ubuntu 18.04 (end of april 2018)!

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    Your advantage is actually not a real advantage anymore because the Visual Studio Code snap package (vscode) in Ubuntu is updated automatically too.
    – karel
    Commented Apr 8, 2018 at 10:02
  • @karel I think advantage refers to "using the apt-get update command". Some of use really just don't like snap packages :-)
    – tanius
    Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 15:57
  • Install gdebi package installer
  • Download .deb VSCode package from here
  • Install downloaded package using gdebi

I can't comment on the correct answer above (using PPA as of February), so I will add another detail here.

Visual Code depends on libgtk2.0-0 which it does not list as a dependency in the meta data. You might come across this problem if you, like me, setup minimal virtualbox installations just to troubleshoot difficult system level problems where you have to hack and slash packages which you don't want to do on your real host.

On minimal hosts, therefore the following is required in addition to what was mentioned above to get Visual Code to run:

sudo apt install libgtk2.0-0

From Visual Studio Code's official docs:

  1. Download the .deb package from this page.
  2. Run the following command: sudo dpkg -i ~/path-to-file.deb
  3. If you get dependency errors when using dpkg with a package, run: sudo apt-get install -f

Note: Installing the .deb package will automatically install the apt repository and signing key to enable auto-updating using the regular system mechanism.


You can use new FLATPAK (flathub) repository to install on any linux distribution https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.visualstudio.code

FLATPAK automaticaly updates installed packages.

  • Download the Powerbase installer script for Visual Studio Code

  • Become root

    sudo -i
  • Change to your download directory (probably ~/Downloads/)

    cd /home/*yourusername*/Downloads/
  • Run the installer script. If there are no errors, it will just exit…

    sh ./vscodeinstaller.sh

That’s it. Nothing special about this one and it should work in any Linux distribution. Just open your launcher and start typing Visual Studio Code.

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    Why sudo -i, it is enough to start sudo ./vscodeinstaller.sh. Better sudo ~/Downloads/vscodeinstaller.sh
    – A.B.
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 15:35
  • Fail. http://www.thepowerbase.com/Vstudio/vscodeinstaller.sh dead link.
    – zipzit
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 6:08

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