I just installed a fresh version of linux mint and want to get visual studio code working.

so I installed umake, and then ran

sudo umake web visual-studio-code

I accepted the default install folder (.local/share/umake/web/visual-studio-code), and accepted the licence and term aggreement.

Then installer then downloaded the files and output

Installation done

However, it did not create a launcher icon like it was supposed to. I can navigate to the folder, but can't find an executable.

So how do I run the editor?

thanks for the help


Don't install with sudo. ubuntu-make installs software in your own home directory by default (~/.local/share/umake/...).

umake ide visual-studio-code

I got here by also finding out, there is no launcher generated. The binary is located in the base installation directory and can be opened with:


So until they fix it, we have to create it manually using any menu-editor (menulibre, alacarte, ...) or creating the .desktop file yourself. Place the file as ~/.local/share/applications/visual-studio-code.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Visual Studio Code
Exec="/home/dionysius/.local/share/umake/ide/visual-studio-code/code" %f

EHEM! Use your home directory instead of /home/dionysius

  • If you get an error about needing libgconf-2-4 when running code, then just run "sudo apt-get install libgconf-2-4" (swapping out 2-4 for the required version if that changes). This is a dependency of electron. – Casey Aug 13 '17 at 15:57

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