How to Install Visual Studio Code 1.3 on Ubuntu 16.04

August 1, 2016 | By in LINUX HOWTO
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Visual Studio Code is a lightweight, free and open source software. It provides developers with new choice of tooling, one which combines with simplicity and the streamline experiences with the code editor with more features. It is a powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop environment, available for OS like for Windows, OS X and Linux.


It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages  like C++, C#, Python, Jade, PHP, XML, Batch, F#, DockerFile, Coffee Script, Java, HandleBars, R, Objective-C, PowerShell, Luna, Visual Basic, .Net, Asp.Net, C#, JSON, HTML, CSS, Less, Sass and many more to come.

Features of Visual Studio Code 1.3

These are some of the exciting features of VSC v1.3 which makes it popular among rest of the them.

  • Tabs: This helps in an easy navigation and organizing your work bench.
  • Extensions : New in-product extensions to quickly view, manage and install extensions.
  • Workbench:  With enhanced Drag and Drop features and  Preview Editors.
  • Editor: Global Search and Replace options, Problems panel to view errors and warnings and Indent guides.
  • Languages :Better Emmet support and Atom JavaScript grammar extension.
  • Debugging : Better debugging options.

In this article, I'll explain  how to install the latest Visual Studio Code v1.3 on Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop.

Please note : Visual Studio Code is supported only in 64 bit Linux architecture. So make sure, your system is 64 bit.

Installation Steps

First of all, we need to download the latest available source package from there website. We can get the latest available version here.  I created a folder for VS code and downloaded the package there.

root@ubuntu:~# mkdir /tmp/VSC
root@ubuntu:~# cd /tmp/VSC

Downloading the package.

root@ubuntu:/tmp/VSC# wget
--2016-07-19 08:48:36--
Resolving ( 2606:2800:11f:17a5:191a:18d5:537:22f9,
Connecting to (|2606:2800:11f:17a5:191a:18d5:537:22f9|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 48262769 (46M) [application/zip]
Saving to: ‘’ 100%[==================================================================>] 46.03M 121MB/s in 0.4s

2016-07-19 08:48:36 (121 MB/s) - ‘’ saved [48262769/48262769]

Now extract the package to /opt folder and make the binary executable. You can install unzip package if it's not installed using apt install unzip.

root@ubuntu:/tmp/VSC# unzip -d /opt/
root@ubuntu:/tmp/VSC# chmod +x /opt/VSCode-linux-x64/code

Please note, your system should support all GUI packages to make this running. Please make sure to install these packages to enable all required libraries if it's not present.

apt-get install lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 dpkg-dev
apt-get install libgtk2.0-0
apt install libnotify-dev
apt install libnss3

Running Visual Studio Code

Now you can move to the extracted folder from the Desktop and run the "Code" binary from there.



This will launch our VS code editor window.



Hurray! we've installed our VStudio Code. Thank you for reading this article. I would recommend your valuable comments and suggestions on this. Have a Good day!


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