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How to install Visual Studio Code on Chromebook

Hello everyone, today in this article we will show you how to install Visual Studio Code on a Chromebook. ChromeOS has become a formidable operating system that offers a plethora of options for gamers, professionals, students and everything in between. In addition to Android applications, streaming gaming platforms and powerful web applications, Chromebooks have also gained the very useful ability to run Linux packages via a container. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

The Google Chrome Operating System is centered around the Chrome browser, which makes it relatively lightweight compared to other operating systems. This operating system contains a Linux environment that allows native installation of desktop applications such as Visual Studio Code. For applications to run in a Chrome OS, the Linux environment must be enabled.

As you may already know, Visual Studio Code, commonly called “VS Code,” is an open-source code editor produced by Microsoft. It is compatible with all major operating systems such as Linux, Windows, macOS and Google Chrome OS. With VS Code installed in Chrome OS, you can write in a variety of programming languages, as VS Code supports most of them, including JavaScript, Python, Java, C#, Node.js and many others. Before proceeding, we recommend you to update chromeOS

How to install Visual Studio Code on Chromebook

Making sure Linux is enabled on your Chromebook

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Locate Linux (Beta) in the sidebar.

Step 3: Click Turn on.

Step 4: At the next window, click Next.

Step 5: Give your Linux install a username.

Step 6: Decide how much space you want to dedicate from your internal storage to it.

Step 7: Click Install.

The Linux container will begin to download and install itself on the Chromebook. You will know it is finished when a terminal window appears and you can move on to the next step.

How to install Visual Studio Code for Linux on Chrome OS

Step 1: Head to the Visual Studio Code website.

Step 2: Download the .deb Debian package.

Step 3: Open the Files app.

Step 4: Locate the downloaded package.

Step 5: Right-click and select Install with Linux (Beta).

Step 6: Click Install.

Step 7: From here on out you’ll be able to launch Visual Studio Code from the app drawer like any other application on your Chromebook once the Linux installer has finished. You can also launch it from the terminal simply by typing code.

Final Words

We hope you enjoyed our article on how to Install Visual Studio Code on a Chromebook. The stock installation of Visual Studio Code is deliberately sparse and lightweight, so you will have to adapt it to your needs with extensions. Fortunately, there are many, both from Microsoft and third parties, that you can install directly from Visual Studio Code. This way you will literally be just a few clicks away from starting to program. If you enjoyed our article, please share it with others.

I hope you understand this article, How to install Visual Studio Code on Chromebook.

James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.


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