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Microsoft Visual Studio Code hits the Raspberry Pi

Microsoft VS Code on Raspberry Pi 400 (Source: Raspberry Pi)
Microsoft VS Code on Raspberry Pi 400 (Source: Raspberry Pi)
Raspberry Pi users can now enjoy coding with Microsoft Visual Studio Code on their single-board computers. Microsoft's free open source developer text editor was released for Windows, macOS, and x64 Linux. The Redmond giant is also offering plenty of tutorials on using VS Code with multiple languages and development tools.

Installing Microsoft Visual Studio Code on the Raspberry Pi was not impossible so far, since we are talking about a free and open-source piece of code. However, those who wanted to do so had to compile their version to use on the popular single-board computer. Now, VS Code is finally available for them with a proper version which is a part of the Raspberry Pi OS apt packages.

To get Microsoft's IDE up and running on a Raspberry Pi, the user simply needs to launch the terminal and run the following two commands:

  • sudo apt update
  • sudo apt install code -y

Obviously, the Raspberry Pi needs to be connected to the internet to access the repository and grab the needed packages. Once installed, VS Code is accessible from the Programming folder in the Raspberry Pi. On the other hand, those who got Pico can skip the procedure described earlier, since VS Code is installed as part of the Pico setup.

No matter how you got VS Code on the Raspberry Pi, you should know that Microsoft is providing a rich set of guides on how to use it with various development tools and different programming languages, including one called Learning Python basics with Wonder Woman that is almost two hours long and consists of three modules.

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Codrut Nistor, 2021-02-15 (Update: 2021-09-28)