terminal.integrated.shell.linux had "usr/bin/zsh" value. But as i have uninstalled it terminal didnt open

Then i changed some values For, terminal.integrated.shell.linux, "bash" For, terminal.integrated.shell.osx, "bash" too And, terminal.external.linuxExec, "x-terminal-emulator"

It works now. I am able to use bash shell in visual code studio

Thanks everyone for helping

This is visual code screenshot

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    Your description is really not clear. From what I understand, you installed Zsh then uninstalled it, now you are trying to use Zsh in a terminal inside Visual Studio, but it's not working. ...But that doesn't make any sense.
    – wjandrea
    Jan 5, 2017 at 23:33
  • Does this page help? Visual Studio Code - Integrated Terminal
    – wjandrea
    Jan 5, 2017 at 23:36
  • Sir, actually when I installed zsh, i started using zsh terminal and even set it as default or something. Now that i have uninstalled zsh the visual studio settings still has zsh file's path but I want to use the basic terminal, the bash in visual studio Jan 5, 2017 at 23:42
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    Set it to /bin/bash then.
    – Seth
    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:36
  • @SachinKanthariya please edit your question to clarify
    – wjandrea
    Jan 6, 2017 at 2:21

3 Answers 3


Seems you have a wrong path configured on you editors (or its related terminal plugins), anyway i'll advise checking/updating your default shell provider too.

To check/update you shell provider config you can use sudo update-alternatives --config sh to list and change default between installed shell interpreters (ash/dash, zsh, fish, bash...).

Also you can directly set it to bash using sudo update-alternatives --install /bin/sh sh /bin/bash 100.

Then you should check on your editor's config and also the plugin(s) you are using to launch/open the terminal (atom-terminal, terminal-plus, etc.).

  • You should use /bin/bash where shell interpreter path is required.
  • Use /usr/bin/gnome-terminal or /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator where the path of the terminal emulator app is required.

Hope it helps.

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    I think they just need to set the path to /bin/bash inside the application - they don't need to do anything with update-alternatives as far as we can tell from the question. I would suggest editing your answer to emphasise the key point, something like "in the screenshot, where /usr/bin/zsh appears, you should replace it with /bin/bash". That's my interpretation, and I would rather upvote your answer than post another one since you seem more or less on track
    – Zanna
    Jan 6, 2017 at 8:11
  • I think you're right, answer updated.
    – dgonzalez
    Jan 6, 2017 at 17:15
  • In no way, thanks to your note I have been able to improve my answer ;)
    – dgonzalez
    Jan 6, 2017 at 17:52

I faced this same problem recently. The easiest solution I can suggest you is to add this line in the settings.json file of Visual Studio Code. The recent version of Code lets you edit the settings.json via a GUI. Switch it to the JSON view mode. You can find that toggle button at the top right corner.

"terminal.integrated.shell.linux": "bash"

And, you're done. Run the terminal. Bash should boost up.

  • Open Preferences > Settings or simply use Ctrl+,
  • Search for Terminal › Integrated › Shell: Linux
  • Click on Edit in settings.json
  • Finally add this line "terminal.integrated.shell.linux" : "/bin/bash" and restart your application.

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