Features of VS Code
- Integrated terminal(CLI)
- Git Integration
- Task runner
- Large community
- Thousands of extensions
- Inbuilt support for multi-cursor and text-wrapping
Since VS Code is proprietary software by Microsoft Corp. and not available in the official repositories, we cannot install it using Pacman. So, this article will discuss the most common way to install VS Code on Arch/Manjaro/Chakra.
Installing VS Code
For this tutorial, we are going to use the Yay AUR helper, which is one of the many AUR helpers that can be used to install AUR packages.
Step 1: Before installing yay, we must install the git and base-devel group packages on the system.
$ sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel git
Step 2: Now, install yay by running the following
$ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git
$ cd yay-git
$ makepkg -sri
Step 3: Verify the installation by running.
$ yay --version
Step 4: Next, install VS Code by running the following command and opt for the default package once the installation starts.
$ yay -S visual-studio-code-bin
Step 5: Finally, launch VS Code.
Uninstalling VS Code
To uninstall VS Code and all of its config files run:
$ sudo pacman -R visual-studio-code-bin
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