Microsoft Visual Studio Code is one of the best code editors available today. It’s completely free, can be extended with thousands of extensions, and works on all major desktop platforms. Even though it’s based on web technologies (it’s an Electron application), Visual Studio Code has never had a fully functional version available in a web browser, until now.
Microsoft has deployed a web version of Visual Studio Codeaccessible to vscode.dev. It looks and feels exactly like the desktop app, with the ability to install extensions and sync your settings with a GitHub or Microsoft account login. You can connect to a remote repository or upload single files and upload them when you’re done. If your browser supports the File System Access API (like the desktop versions of Chrome, Edge, and Opera), you can work with local folders on your device without any uploads or downloads.
“With the availability of vscode.dev,” the Visual Studio Code team said in the blog post, we are finally beginning to realize our original vision of creating a development tool that can run completely serverless in the browser. . Importantly, it allows Visual Studio Code to run on iPads and Android tablets for the first time, or in environments where installing desktop software is limited or blocked (such as corporate or educational environments) . It also means you can run Visual Studio Code on Chromebooks without enabling Linux app support, or on older Chromebooks that never received Linux support in the first place.
Although an impressive port, Visual Studio Code on the web has some limitations. Most of the extensions don’t work right now, because they need to be updated to work as web extensions that do not rely on Node.js code or local executables. Luna Painting Image Editor and GitHub Issues Notebook are two examples of extensions that work in VS Code on the web. Microsoft has also integrated support for themes, with easy testing using special URLs – for example, opening vscode.dev/theme/sdras.night-owl takes you to VS Code with the Night Owl theme installed.
Microsoft is also planning other updates to VS Code on the web. “The integration of VS Code into the browser is the realization of the original product vision. It’s also the start of a whole new one. A pop-up editor accessible to anyone with a browser and an internet connection is the foundation for a future where we can truly edit anything from anywhere.