Visual Studio Code: A Free Cross-Platform Code Editor For OS X, Linux And Windows


Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's executive vice-president of cloud and enterprise introduced Visual Studio Code at Microsoft Build 2015 conference held on Wednesday. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor and first cross-platform development tool supported by OSX, Linux and Windows in the Visual Studio Family. Visual Studio Code provides built-in support for ASP.NET 5 development with C#, Node.js as well as for web technologies such as HTML, CSS, Less, SASS and JSON and so on.

Installation Procedure

Go to and click on the Code for Windows button.

Or go to and click on the Download Code button.

Select the operating system/platform on which you want to install (the code is free and available for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows). I will install it on my Windows Operating System.

After the Downloading VSCodeSetup.exe (58 MB approx), double-click on setup. It will hardly take 1 minute to complete the installation.

Installation Completed Successfully. We are ready to explore its cool features.

The VSCode user interface is divided into the following 4 areas:

  • Editor
  • Sidebar
  • Statusbar
  • Viewbar


  1. Command Palette

    Using the Command Palette, you can access all the functionality of VSCode. Press Ctrl+Shift+P or F1 to open the Command Palette.

  2. Multi-Cursor

    VSCode has support for Multiple cursors. You can edit the same file at multiple places by pressing Alt+Click to add another cursor (much similar to the Sublime Editor).

  3. IntelliSense and Syntax coloring

  4. Debugging, Themes Customization and many other features.

For more information, visit Visual Studio Docs

I hope you like it. Thanks.

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