Visual Studio Code

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  • Add the repo
curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'
  • Update as usual
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install code # released monthly
# or code-insiders (released daily)
# use [apt search visualst]

Settings sync

Sync my settings on any new machine.

(bottom-left gear) > Turn on settings sync

Use my github account.


  • Debug > Install additional debuggers... > C++
  • C/C++
  • CMake, CMake Tools (one for project mgmt, one for cmake file editing)
  • eslint
  • Bookmarks; go F2, set ctrl-F2
  • Numbered bookmarks; go c-1, set c-a-sh-1
  • vscode-icons
  • change-case
  • overtype
  • sequential-number
  • MongoDB for VS Code
  • REST client

Run API queries out of *.http files. If you get web services errors, restart code (all instances).

  • Docker, Dev Containers

You can connect to a remote docker host with some settings foo.

  • Remote - SSH, SSH Tooling


  • x GitLens
  • x sort-imports (for ES6)
  • Debugger for Firefox
  • Debugger for Chrome

Config and Key Bindings

Go to File > Preferences > Settings for a shitton of settings. Search for the name you want.

Turn OFF these very-slow automatic checks in your launch.json file:

   "npm.autoDetect": "off",
   "gulp.autoDetect": "off",
   "grunt.autoDetect": "off",
   "jake.autoDetect": "off",
   "typescript.tsc.autoDetect": "off",

Turn this shit off, it "reuses tabs" on files you open (unless you double-click to open, or edit the file). Nonsense.

"workbench.editor.enablePreview": false

Use the editor; changes are stored and shared across installs from here:

ls ~/.config/Code/User/
keybindings.json -> ../../../development/config/common/home/m/.config/Code/User/keybindings.json
settings.json -> ../../../development/config/common/home/m/.config/Code/User/settings.json


While debugging, you can use the Debug Console to print memory, including the content of strings that are clipped by default in the variables and watch windows.

View > Open View > Debug Console

From there, send gdb a command to print memory – 300 characters of a string in this example:

-exec x/300sb Query.c_str()

Code completion and linting

Code formatting

Auto-format your code, all day long! This literally saves hours of typing, not to mention keeping the code uniform. DO IT.

Prefs > Settings > search > format on save > check the box!

We let vscode use clang-format to format C++ code. You need to install it:

sudo apt install clang-format

Custom rules are defined here:


See the formatting rules for help.

If formatting errors out or does not happen, run [clang-format #filename#] in a command prompt and see if you have errors in your rules file.

NOTE: eslint is the current way to enforce code style in Javascript. See the eslint page for more information.

Some C++ ones:

Standard: Cpp11
BasedOnStyle: LLVM
IndentWidth: 2
ColumnLimit: 0
AccessModifierOffset: -2
NamespaceIndentation: All
BreakBeforeBraces: Custom
 AfterEnum: true
 AfterStruct: true
 AfterClass: true
 SplitEmptyFunction: true
 AfterControlStatement: false
 AfterNamespace: false
 AfterFunction: true
 AfterUnion: true
 AfterExternBlock: false
 BeforeCatch: false
 BeforeElse: false
 SplitEmptyRecord: true
 SplitEmptyNamespace: true


Use CMake to generate json that includes the project headers, then import that into vscode settings, for a DRY way to set up header paths.

  • Add this to CMakeList.txt to generate compile_commands.json:
# MDM This creates compile_commands.json, which can be imported by vscode to set include paths from here, w00t DRY
  • Edit your project settings (eg...)
  • Add a compileCommands directive:
   "configurations": [
           "name": "Linux",
           "includePath": [
           "defines": [],
           "compilerPath": "/usr/bin/clang",
           "cStandard": "c11",
           "cppStandard": "c++17",
           "intelliSenseMode": "clang-x64",
           "configurationProvider": "vector-of-bool.cmake-tools",
           "compileCommands": "${workspaceFolder}/cmake-debug/compile_commands.json"
   "version": 4