Quick Tip: Using Visual Studio Code from the Command-Line on macOS
As part of my new job, I had to get (and learn!) a new Macbook.
Luckily, most of the applications I need are cross-platform these days, including Visual Studio Code (my favorite all around text editor). In fact, I’m using it right now to write this post.
I installed Visual Studio Code, as per usual (following the instructions on the website). I tried to launch it from the terminal, just like I do all the time on my Windows-based machines, but it wouldn’t work! VSCode wouldn’t launch and I received an error that the command wasn’t understood. But why not, I thought to myself? It’s been installed, machine has been restarted (as a result of other installations / configurations), why couldn’t it find it?
I do what every developer does, I open up a browser and hit my favorite search engine - BING, and FINALLY, uncovered it…
Installing Visual Studio Code on a Mac, by default, does NOT add the installation directory to the PATH. Great, so what’s the answer, you ask?
- Launch VSCode
- Open the Command Palette (
View | Command Paletteor CMD + SHIFT + P)
shell command, which should bring you to
Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH
- Hit enter, and you’re done.
Restart any open terminal windows to pick up the PATH change, and you can use
code directly from the terminal now!