How to Install Visual Studio Code on Linux

Developed by Microsoft, Visual Studio Code is a free and open-source, cross-platform IDE or code editor that enables developers to develop applications and write code using a myriad of programming languages such as C, C++, Python, Go and Java to mention a few.

In this guide, we will walk you through the installation of the Visual Studio Code on Linux. To be more specific, you will learn how to install the Visual Studio Code on both Debian-based and RedHat-based Linux distributions.

How to Install Visual Studio Code on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

The most preferred method of installing Visual Code Studio on Debian based systems is by enabling the VS code repository and installing the Visual Studio Code package using the apt package manager.

$ sudo apt update

Once updated, proceed and install dependencies required by executing.

$ sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https

Next, using the wget command, download the repository and import Microsoft’s GPG key as shown:

$ wget -qO- | gpg --dearmor >
$ sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

Once you’ve enabled the repository, update the system and install Visual Studio Code by running the command:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install code

Due to its size, the installation takes approximately 5 minutes. Once installed, use the application manager to search Visual Code Studio and launch it as shown.

Install Visual Studio Code in Ubuntu
Install Visual Studio Code in Ubuntu

How to Install Visual Studio Code on CentOS, RHEL, and Fedora

The procedure of installing Visual Studio Code on RedHat based distributions is pretty much like Ubuntu. Right off the bat, launch your terminal and update your system:

$ sudo dnf update

Next, import Microsoft’s GPG key using the rpm command below:

$ sudo rpm --import

With Microsoft’s GPG key in place, proceed and create the repository file for Visual Studio Code:

$ sudo vim /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo

Next, append the code below and save the file:

name=Visual Studio Code

To install Visual Studio code, run the command:

$ sudo dnf install code

To use it, use the Application manager to search the Visual Studio Code and launch it, you will get a window as shown below.

Install Visual Studio Code in CentOS
Install Visual Studio Code in CentOS

You can now proceed and start writing your code and installing your preferred extensions.


Visual Studio Code is a powerful and feature-rich code editor that allows you to develop applications in a diverse array of programming languages. It’s especially popular with Python and C programmers. In this topic, we walked you through the installation of the Visual Studio Code on Linux.

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11 thoughts on “How to Install Visual Studio Code on Linux”

  1. I just started playing with Linux. I used Snap to install Visual Studio Code on my copy of Linux Mint. What are the drawbacks (if any) of using Snap to install packages on Linux?

  2. This is a great guide, thank you.

    I wanted to script the install (on Fedora) so using your instructions, I now have the following working as part of a shell script:

    # Install VSCode
    rpm --import
    echo [code] > /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo
    sed -i '$ a\name=Visual Studio Code' /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo
    sed -i '$ a\baseurl=' /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo
    sed -i '$ a\enabled=1' /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo
    sed -i '$ a\gpgcheck=1' /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo
    sed -i '$ a\gpgkey=' /etc/yum.repos.d/vstudio_code.repo
    dnf install code -y
  3. Hi,

    Thank you for this article, but I could not install VSCode.

    I have got this message in last line : E: Unable to locate package vscode.

    I have Linux mint 32 bits.

    What is the issue, please.

    Thanks a lot.

    • @Nadirou,

      I have updated the instructions in the article for installing Visual Studio Code on Debian, Ubuntu, and Mint.

      Please try the instructions again, it will work…


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