Today, I read here that Microsoft Launches Visual Studio now support Linux.


but after downloading it here https://code.visualstudio.com/Download

I have a zip file but I dont know how to install it.

I need help on command to use.

  • See this topic: http://askubuntu.com/questions/616075/how-to-install-visual-studio-code-on-ubuntu – Harris Apr 29 '15 at 22:41
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    Repost the question with the output of uname –a from terminal. It is essential one. Currently VS available only in 64 bit. – A Umar Mukthar Apr 29 '15 at 23:19
  • well, microsoft is the parent company of SUSE/Novell (openSUSE linux) – mchid Apr 29 '15 at 23:23
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    @mchid Are you quite sure? Novell and Microsoft are long-standing competitors; I believe a merger involving both of them would be well publicized in IT circles. Might you be thinking of the Microsoft/Novell joint patent agreement? My understanding is that Novell was bought by The Attachmate Group/Wizard Parent LLC which was bought by Micro Focus International. But I haven't heard anything about Microsoft involvement. – Eliah Kagan Apr 29 '15 at 23:48
  • @EliahKagan No, I'm not sure :) I believe what I heard was not accurate. Specifically, I remember reading the words "parent company" owned by microsoft speaking of the 2006 acquisition but I see now that was probably a bit of sarcasm poking at SUSE. – mchid Apr 30 '15 at 9:49

For some reason, choosing "extract here" may throw up an error and may not extract. You can, however, manually extract the archive.

Use this command to unzip the zip file to your user Home directory. Assuming the zip file is in your Downloads folder:

unzip ~/Downloads/VSCode-linux-x64.zip

If the zip file is in your Desktop folder and not Downloads, use these commands instead:

unzip ~/Desktop/VSCode-linux-x64.zip

To run, execute the following command:

~/VSCode-linux-x64/code &

It is also recommended you make a link so that you can easily run it in the future:

sudo ln -s ~/VSCode-linux-x64/code /usr/local/bin/vscode

Now, to run it in the future, you can execute:

vscode &

or press ALT + F2, type:


and then press ENTER.

Okay, it seems you have a 32 bit version of Ubuntu installed (i386) and the VSCode download is for a 64 bit architecture.

Here is how to install the 32 bit (i386) version.

Run the following commands:

wget "https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=620885" -O vscode.zip
unzip vscode.zip
sudo ln -s ~/VSCode-linux-ia32/code /usr/local/bin/vscode

You should now be able to run Visual Studio by executing the following command:

vscode &
  • i got this oluwamayowa@Mayowa:~/VSCode$ ~/VSCode/Code bash: /home/oluwamayowa/VSCode/Code: cannot execute binary file – Olaitan Mayowa Apr 30 '15 at 11:23
  • @OlaitanMayowa are you using ubuntu 64 or i386 (32). Execute the command uname -a to find out. You need to be running a 64 bit capable version. – mchid Apr 30 '15 at 11:55
  • Linux Mayowa 3.2.0-72-generic-pae #107-Ubuntu SMP Thu Nov 6 14:44:10 UTC 2014 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux – Olaitan Mayowa May 14 '15 at 21:18
  • @OlaitanMayowa this certainly appears to be an issue because you seem to have the 32bit otherwise known as the "i386" version of ubuntu. You can reinstall ubuntu using the "amd64" version instead. The "amd64" version is for all 64 bit systems including intel, you do not need amd to install this version, just a 64 bit capable processor.` releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso – mchid May 15 '15 at 20:35
  • @OlaitanMayowa Okay, I've provided some additional options for a solution and have added these options to the answer for you. – mchid May 15 '15 at 21:18

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