How to run Visual Studio Code on Mac OSX

April 7, 2020

EDIT: You can just do this from Visual Studio Code now.

Terminal

Currently, there isn't an automatic method for doing this, but with a little code in your ~/.bash_profile file, you can configure it.

code () { VSCODE_CWD="$PWD" open -n -b "com.microsoft.VSCode" --args $* ;}

Then from Terminal you can type:

code -- opens Visual Studio Code
code . -- opens current directory in Visual Studio Code
code somefile -- opens somefile in Visual Studio Code

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Zsh

Using Visual Studio Code on your Mac, but can't call it from Zsh?

Currently, there isn't an automatic method for doing this, but with a little code in your .zshrc file, you can configure it.

function code {
    if [[ $# = 0 ]]
    then
        open -a "Visual Studio Code"
    else
        local argPath="$1"
        [[ $1 = /* ]] && argPath="$1" || argPath="$PWD/${1#./}"
        open -a "Visual Studio Code" "$argPath"
    fi
}

Then from Terminal you can type:

code -- opens Visual Studio Code
code . -- opens current directory in Visual Studio Code
code somefile -- opens somefile in Visual Studio Code