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VSCode or Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on the desktop, and is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.


USE flags

USE flags for app-editors/vscode Multiplatform Visual Studio Code from Microsoft


root #emerge --ask app-editors/vscode


Vscode can be used with one command:

user $vscode


user $vscode --help
Visual Studio Code _Version_here_

Usage: code [options][paths...]

To read from stdin, append '-' (e.g. 'ps aux | grep code | code -')

  -d --diff <file> <file>           Compare two files with each other.
  -a --add <folder>                 Add folder(s) to the last active window.
  -g --goto <file:line[:character]> Open a file at the path on the specified
                                    line and character position.
  -n --new-window                   Force to open a new window.
  -r --reuse-window                 Force to open a file or folder in an
                                    already opened window.
  -w --wait                         Wait for the files to be closed before
  --locale <locale>                 The locale to use (e.g. en-US or zh-TW).
  --user-data-dir <dir>             Specifies the directory that user data is
                                    kept in. Can be used to open multiple
                                    distinct instances of Code.
  -h --help                         Print usage.

Extensions Management
  --extensions-dir <dir>
      Set the root path for extensions.
      List the installed extensions.
      Show versions of installed extensions, when using --list-extensions.
  --category <category>
      Filters installed extensions by provided category, when using --list-extensions.
  --install-extension <extension-id[@version] | path-to-vsix>
      Installs or updates the extension. The identifier of an extension is always `${publisher}.${name}`. Use `--force` argument to update to latest version. To install a
specific version provide `@${version}`. For example: 'vscode.csharp@1.2.3'.
      Installs the pre-release version of the extension, when using --install-extension
  --uninstall-extension <extension-id>
      Uninstalls an extension.
  --enable-proposed-api <extension-id>
      Enables proposed API features for extensions. Can receive one or more extension IDs to enable individually.

  -v --version                       Print version.
  --verbose                          Print verbose output (implies --wait).
  --log <level>                      Log level to use. Default is 'info'.
                                     Allowed values are 'critical', 'error',
                                     'warn', 'info', 'debug', 'trace', 'off'.
  -s --status                        Print process usage and diagnostics
  --prof-startup                     Run CPU profiler during startup.
  --disable-extensions               Disable all installed extensions.
  --disable-extension <extension-id> Disable an extension.
  --sync <on> <off>                  Turn sync on or off.
  --inspect-extensions <port>        Allow debugging and profiling of
                                     extensions. Check the developer tools for
                                     the connection URI.
  --inspect-brk-extensions <port>    Allow debugging and profiling of
                                     extensions with the extension host being
                                     paused after start. Check the developer
                                     tools for the connection URI.
  --disable-gpu                      Disable GPU hardware acceleration.
  --max-memory <memory>              Max memory size for a window (in Mbytes).
  --telemetry                        Shows all telemetry events which VS code

See also

  • Text editor — a program to create and edit text files.