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This tutorial focuses on how to install VScode IDE on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04. VScode IDE in full is Visual Studio code, which is a powerful source code editor that is able to run on macOS, Linux and Windows. It has got built in support for JavaScript, Node.js and TypeScript and can also be extended to support other programming languages including PHP, Python, Java, C++, and C#. VScode comes with a number of amazing features which include;

  • Able to meet IntelliSense
  • Comes with the ability to debug code right from the editor
  • Has got built-in Git commands
  • Can be extended and customized

For more information on the features, visit the VScode Website. Let’s proceed to check out the steps on how to install VScode IDE on Pop!_OS.

How to install VScode IDE on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04

Below is a detailed process on how you can come about the installation of VScode IDE on Pop!_OS. Follow the steps shown below and you are good to go;

Step 1. Update your System

To update your system, use the command shown below;

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2. Add Visual Studio code repository and GPG Key to the System

The repository is required so as to obtain all the required packages for VScode installation. To add the repository and key, use the commands below;

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

The output is as shown below;

[email protected]:~$ curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   983  100   983    0     0    840      0  0:00:01  0:00:01 --:--:--   840
[email protected]:~$ sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
[email protected]:~$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

Step 3. Install VScode IDE on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04

Now that you have added the repository and the GPG key has been imported, you can now instal VScode IDE on Pop!_OS, using he following commands;

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apt-transport-https
sudo apt install code

The output is as shown;

The other output is as shown;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install code
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  code
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 76.4 MB of archives.
After this operation, 292 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net/system76/pop/ubuntu focal/main amd64 code amd64 1.57.1-1623975230-pop1~1624462631~20.04~f5f88c9 [76.4 MB]
Fetched 76.4 MB in 16s (4,797 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package code.
(Reading database ... 217162 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../code_1.57.1-1623975230-pop1~1624462631~20.04~f5f88c9_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking code (1.57.1-1623975230-pop1~1624462631~20.04~f5f88c9) ...
Setting up code (1.57.1-1623975230-pop1~1624462631~20.04~f5f88c9) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.31-0ubuntu9.2) ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.15-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu3) ...

Step 4. Launch VScode on Pop!_OS

To launch this source code editor, use the command below;

code

Or, you go to activities, show application and search for code, there you will see Visual Studio code, tap on it and it will launch.

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