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How to Open a GitHub Repository in VS Code Online?

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It often feels as if one could view the files or code from a GitHub repository online in a code editor to search the files, code components, or simple text(and indeed, it does enhance the readability and management of the code) without having to really clone it to your device.

What if I tell you it hardly takes a second or two in order to open any GitHub repo in VS Code in your browser?


  1. Adding “1s”  next to the word github
  2. Using the chrome extension 

There are two methods to achieve this.

Method 1: Adding “1s”  next to the word github

Consider the simple process below illustrated in order to add GitHub repository in VS Code as follows:

  • Step 1: Open the GitHub repo in any browser.
  • Step 2: In the address bar, just add “1s” (without quotes) next to the word github. For example, if the URL in the address bar reads which is also clearly seen from visual aid been provided below.

 Step 3: Now change it to the below URL 

Step 5: Lastly press enter.

This will take you to a screen where the repo gets opened in VS Code in your browser.

The thing to note here is that the repo is in read-only mode, and hence you cannot perform any sort of editing over there. However, you can make use of all other available VS Code features.

Method 2: Using the chrome extension

There is a special chrome extension been designed and available which can be installed can easily as it allows us to open the repository. Once done with installing the extension, we will find a button with “Github1s” written over it (without quotes) whenever you open any repo. You can open the VS Code with a single click on the mentioned button.

Last Updated : 22 Sep, 2021
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