Running VS Code on Mac


  1. Download Visual Studio Code for Mac.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded archive to expand the contents.
  3. Drag Visual Studio to the Applications folder, making it available in the Launchpad.
  4. Add VS Code to your Dock by right-clicking on the icon and choosing Options, Keep in Dock.

Command Line

You can also run VS Code from the terminal by typing 'code' after adding it to the path:

  • Launch VS Code.
  • Open the Command Palette (kb(workbench.action.showCommands)) and type 'shell command' to find the Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH command.

Mac shell commands

  • Restart the terminal for the new $PATH value to take effect. You'll be able to type 'code .' in any folder to start editing files in that folder.

Note: If you still have the old code alias in your .bash_profile (or equivalent) from an early VS Code version, remove it and replace it by executing the Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH command.

To manually add VS Code to your path:

cat << EOF >> ~/.bash_profile
# Add Visual Studio Code (code)
export PATH="$PATH:/Applications/Visual Studio"


VS Code ships monthly releases and supports auto-update when a new release is available. If you're prompted by VS Code, accept the newest update and it will get installed (you won't need to do anything else to get the latest bits). If you'd rather control VS Code updates manually, see How do I opt out of auto-updates.

Preferences Menu

You can configure VS Code through settings, color themes and custom keybindings and you will often see mention in our documentation of the File > Preferences menu group. On a Mac, the Preferences menu group is under Code, not File.

Next Steps

Once you have installed VS Code, these topics will help you learn more about VS Code:

Common Questions

Mono and El Capitan

Mono stopped working in Visual Studio Code after I installed OS X 10.11 El Capitan Public Beta. What do I do?

Run these commands:

brew update
brew reinstall mono