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C# for Visual Studio Code (powered by OmniSharp)

Visual Studio supports 36 different programming languages and allows the code editor and debugger to support (to varying degrees) nearly any programming language, provided a language-specific service exists. Built-in languages include C, C, C/CLI, Visual Basic.NET, C#, F#, JavaScript, TypeScript, XML, XSLT, HTML, and CSS. Visual Studio Code does not have the concept of a known 'web application port' like Visual Studio for project types such as ASP.NET. However, if you are joining a collaboration session from a Visual Studio host, you may automatically see your default browser appear when debugging starts that is then automatically connected to the host's running.

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Welcome to the C# extension for Visual Studio Code! This extension provides the following features inside VS Code:

  • Lightweight development tools for .NET Core.
  • Great C# editing support, including Syntax Highlighting, IntelliSense, Go to Definition, Find All References, etc.
  • Debugging support for .NET Core (CoreCLR). NOTE: Mono debugging is not supported. Desktop CLR debugging has limited support.
  • Support for project.json and csproj projects on Windows, macOS and Linux.

The C# extension is powered by OmniSharp.

Get Started Writing C# in VS Code

Note about using .NET Core 3.1.40x SDKs

The .NET 3.1.40x SDKs require version 16.7 of MSBuild.

For MacOS and Linux users who have Mono installed, this means you will need to set omnisharp.useGlobalMono to never until a version of Mono ships with MSBuild 16.7.

Note about using .NET 5 SDKs

The .NET 5 SDK requires version 16.8 of MSBuild.

For Windows users who have Visual Studio installed, this means you will need to be on the latest Visual Studio 16.8 Preview.For MacOS and Linux users who have Mono installed, this means you will need to set omnisharp.useGlobalMono to never until a version of Mono ships with MSBuild 16.8.

What's new in 1.23.11

  • Move the global Mono check to the correct place (#4489, PR: #4492)

What's new in 1.23.10

  • Support solution filters (*.slnf) (PR: #4481)
  • Prompt user to install Blazor WASM companion extension if needed (PR: #4392)
  • Add path to dotnet so child processes can use the CLI (PR: #4459)
  • Give more information when Mono is missing or invalid. (#4428, PR: #4431)
  • Revert incremental change forwarding (PR: #4477)
  • Fixes to asset generation (PR: #4402)
  • Add properties to blazorwasm debug configuration. (dotnet/aspnetcore#30977, PR: i#4445)
  • Avoid white status bar items to ensure contrast (#4384, PR: #4385)
  • Update OmniSharp to 1.37.8
    • Update Roslyn version to 3.10.0-1.21125.6 (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2105)
    • Update included build tools to closely match NET 6 Preview 1 SDK (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2103)
    • Improve custom error messages for MSB3644 (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2097)
    • Do not call FindReferencesAsync for null symbol (omnisharp-roslyn#2054, PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2089)
    • use an OmniSharp specific message for MSB3644 (omnisharp-roslyn#2029, PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2069)
    • changed the default RunFixAllRequest timeout to 10 seconds (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2066)
    • Support Solution filter (.slnf) (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2121)
    • updated to IL Spy (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2113)
    • Add sentinel file to MSBuild to enable workload resolver (#4417, PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2111)
    • fixed CS8605 'Unboxing possibly null value' (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2108)
  • Updated Razor support (PR: #4470)
    • Bug fixes

What's new in 1.23.9

  • Add option to organize imports during document formatting. (PR: #4302)
  • Update to use zero based indexes (PR: #4300)
  • Improve request queues to improve code completion performance (PR: #4310)
  • Add setting to control whether to show the OmniSharp log on error (#4102, #4330, PR: #4333)
  • Support building launch assets for NET6-NET9 projects (#4346, PR: #4349)
  • Add debugger support for Concord extensions. See the ConcordExtensibilitySamples wiki for more information.
  • Update OmniSharp version to 1.37.6
    • Handle records in syntax highlighting (#2048, PR: #2049)
    • Remove formatting on new line (PR: #2053)
    • Validate highlighting ranges in semantic highlighting requests (PR: #2055)
    • Delay project system init to avoid solution update race (PR: #2057)
    • Use 'variable' kind for parameter completion (#2060, PR: #2061)
    • Log request when response fails (#2064)

What's new in 1.23.8

  • Updated Debugger support (PR: #4281)
    • Updated the version of .NET that the debugger uses for running its own C# code to .NET 5
    • Updated .NET debugging services loader to address problem with debugging after installing XCode12 (dotnet/runtime/#42311)
    • Fixed integrated terminal on non-Windows (#4203)
  • Updated Razor support (PR: #4278)
    • Bug fixes
  • Update OmniSharp version to 1.37.5 (PR: #4299)
    • Update Roslyn version to 3.9.0-2.20570.24 (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2022)
    • Editorconfig improvements - do not lose state, trigger re-analysis on change (omnisharp-roslyn#1955, #4165, #4184, PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2028)
    • Add documentation comment creation to the FormatAfterKeystrokeService (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2023)
    • Raise default GotoDefinitionRequest timeout from 2s to 10s (#4260, PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2032)
    • Workspace create file workaround (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2019)
    • Added msbuild:UseBundledOnly option to force the usage of bundled MSBuild (PR: omnisharp-roslyn#2038)
  • Support auto doc comment generation (#8, PR: #4261)
  • Add schema support for appsettings.json (#4279, PR: #4280)
  • Add schema support for global.json (PR: #4290)
  • Update remoteProcessPickerScript windows ssh exit (#3482, PR: #4225)
  • Do not start OmniSharp server in Live Share scenarios (#3910, PR: #4038)
  • Suppress codelens for IEnumerable.GetEnumerator (#4245, PR: #4246)
  • Allow arm64 MacOS to debug dotnet projects (#4277, PR: #4288)

Emmet support in Razor files

To enable emmet support, add the following to your settings.json:

Semantic Highlighting

The C# semantic highlighting support is in preview. To enable, set editor.semanticHighlighting.enabled and csharp.semanticHighlighting.enabled to true in your settings. Semantic highlighting is only provided for code files that are part of the active project.

To really see the difference, try the new Visual Studio 2019 Light and Dark themes with semantic colors that closely match Visual Studio 2019.

Supported Operating Systems for Debugging

  • Currently, the C# debugger officially supports the following operating systems:

    • X64 operating systems:
      • Windows 7 SP1 and newer
      • macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and newer
      • Linux: see .NET Core documentation for the list of supported distributions. Note that other Linux distributions will likely work as well as long as they include glibc and OpenSSL.
    • ARM operating systems:
      • Linux is supported as a remote debugging target

Found a Bug?

To file a new issue to include all the related config information directly from vscode by entering the command pallette with Ctrl+Shift+P(Cmd+Shift+P on macOS) and running CSharp: Report an issue command. This will open a browser window with all the necessary information related to the installed extensions, dotnet version, mono version, etc. Enter all the remaining information and hit submit. More information can be found on the wiki.

Alternatively you could visit and file a new one.


First install:

  • Node.js (8.11.1 or later)
  • Npm (5.6.0 or later)

To run and develop do the following:

  • Run npm i
  • Run npm run compile
  • Open in Visual Studio Code (code .)
  • Optional: run npm run watch, make code changes
  • Press F5 to debug

To test do the following: npm run test or F5 in VS Code with the 'Launch Tests' debug configuration.


Copyright © .NET Foundation, and contributors.

The Microsoft C# extension is subject to these license terms.The source code to this extension is available on and licensed under the MIT license.

Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the code of conduct defined by the Contributor Covenantto clarify expected behavior in our community.For more information see the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct.

Contribution License Agreement

By signing the CLA, the community is free to use your contribution to .NET Foundation projects.

.NET Foundation

This project is supported by the .NET Foundation.

Visual Studio Code includes built-in JavaScript IntelliSense, debugging, formatting, code navigation, refactorings, and many other advanced language features.

Most of these features just work out of the box, while some may require basic configuration to get the best experience. This page summarizes the JavaScript features that VS Code ships with. Extensions from the VS Code Marketplace can augment or change most of these built-in features. For a more in-depth guide on how these features work and can be configured, see Working with JavaScript.


IntelliSense shows you intelligent code completion, hover info, and signature information so that you can write code more quickly and correctly.

VS Code provides IntelliSense within your JavaScript projects; for many npm libraries such as React, lodash, and express; and for other platforms such as node, serverless, or IoT.

See Working with JavaScript for information about VS Code's JavaScript IntelliSense, how to configure it, and help troubleshooting common IntelliSense problems.

JavaScript projects (jsconfig.json)

A jsconfig.json file defines a JavaScript project in VS Code. While jsconfig.json files are not required, you will want to create one in cases such as:

  • If not all JavaScript files in your workspace should be considered part of a single JavaScript project. jsconfig.json files let you exclude some files from showing up in IntelliSense.
  • To ensure that a subset of JavaScript files in your workspace is treated as a single project. This is useful if you are working with legacy code that uses implicit globals dependencies instead of imports for dependencies.
  • If your workspace contains more than one project context, such as front-end and back-end JavaScript code. For multi-project workspaces, create a jsconfig.json at the root folder of each project.
  • You are using the TypeScript compiler to down-level compile JavaScript source code.

To define a basic JavaScript project, add a jsconfig.json at the root of your workspace:

See Working with JavaScript for more advanced jsconfig.json configuration.

Tip: To check if a JavaScript file is part of JavaScript project, just open the file in VS Code and run the JavaScript: Go to Project Configuration command. This command opens the jsconfig.json that references the JavaScript file. A notification is shown if the file is not part of any jsconfig.json project.


VS Code includes basic JavaScript snippets that are suggested as you type;

There are many extensions that provide additional snippets, including snippets for popular frameworks such as Redux or Angular. You can even define your own snippets.

Tip: To disable snippets suggestions, set editor.snippetSuggestions to 'none' in your settings file. The editor.snippetSuggestions setting also lets you change where snippets appear in the suggestions: at the top ('top'), at the bottom ('bottom'), or inlined ordered alphabetically ('inline'). The default is 'inline'.

JSDoc support

VS Code understands many standard JSDoc annotations, and uses these annotations to provide rich IntelliSense. You can optionally even use the type information from JSDoc comments to type check your JavaScript.

Quickly create JSDoc comments for functions by typing /** before the function declaration, and select the JSDoc comment snippet suggestion:

To disable JSDoc comment suggestions, set 'javascript.suggest.completeJSDocs': false.

Hover Information

Hover over a JavaScript symbol to quickly see its type information and relevant documentation.

The ⌘K ⌘I (Windows, Linux Ctrl+K Ctrl+I) keyboard shortcut shows this hover info at the current cursor position.

Signature Help

As you write JavaScript function calls, VS Code shows information about the function signature and highlights the parameter that you are currently completing:

Signature help is shown automatically when you type a ( or , within a function call. Press ⇧⌘Space (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+Space) to manually trigger signature help.

Auto imports

Automatic imports speed up coding by suggesting available variables throughout your project and its dependencies. When you select one of these suggestions, VS Code automatically adds an import for it to the top of the file.

Just start typing to see suggestions for all available JavaScript symbols in your current project. Auto import suggestions show where they will be imported from:

If you choose one of these auto import suggestions, VS Code adds an import for it.

In this example, VS Code adds an import for Button from material-ui to the top of the file:

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To disable auto imports, set 'javascript.suggest.autoImports' to false.

Tip: VS Code tries to infer the best import style to use. You can explicitly configure the preferred quote style and path style for imports added to your code with the javascript.preferences.quoteStyle and javascript.preferences.importModuleSpecifier settings.


VS Code's built-in JavaScript formatter providers basic code formatting with reasonable defaults.

The javascript.format.*settings configure the built-in formatter. Or, if the built-in formatter is getting in the way, set 'javascript.format.enable' to false to disable it.

For more specialized code formatting styles, try installing one of the JavaScript formatting extensions from the Marketplace.

JSX and auto closing tags

All of VS Code's JavaScript features also work with JSX:

You can use JSX syntax in both normal *.js files and in *.jsx files.

VS Code also includes JSX-specific features such as autoclosing of JSX tags:

Set 'javascript.autoClosingTags' to false to disable JSX tag closing.

Code navigation

Code navigation lets you quickly navigate JavaScript projects.

  • Go To DefinitionF12 - Go to the source code of a symbol definition.
  • Peek Definition⌥F12 (Windows Alt+F12, Linux Ctrl+Shift+F10) - Bring up a Peek window that shows the definition of a symbol.
  • Go to References⇧F12 (Windows, Linux Shift+F12) - Show all references to a symbol.
  • Go to Type Definition - Go to the type that defines a symbol. For an instance of a class, this will reveal the class itself instead of where the instance is defined.

You can navigate via symbol search using the Go to Symbol commands from the Command Palette (⇧⌘P (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+P)).

  • Go to Symbol in File⇧⌘O (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+O)
  • Go to Symbol in Workspace⌘T (Windows, Linux Ctrl+T)


Press F2 to rename the symbol under the cursor across your JavaScript project:


VS Code includes some handy refactorings for JavaScript such as Extract function and Extract constant. Just select the source code you'd like to extract and then click on the lightbulb in the gutter or press (⌘. (Windows, Linux Ctrl+.)) to see available refactorings.

Available refactorings include:

  • Extract to method or function.
  • Extract to constant.
  • Convert between named imports and namespace imports.
  • Move to new file.

See Refactorings for more information about refactorings and how you can configure keyboard shortcuts for individual refactorings.

Unused variables and unreachable code

Unused JavaScript code, such the else block of an if statement that is always true or an unreferenced import, is faded out in the editor:

You can quickly remove this unused code by placing the cursor on it and triggering the Quick Fix command (⌘. (Windows, Linux Ctrl+.)) or clicking on the lightbulb.

To disable fading out of unused code, set 'editor.showUnused' to false. You can also disable fading of unused code only in JavaScript by setting:

Organize Imports

The Organize Imports Source Action sorts the imports in a JavaScript file and removes any unused imports:

You can run Organize Imports from the Source Action context menu or with the ⇧⌥O (Windows, Linux Shift+Alt+O) keyboard shortcut.

Organize imports can also be done automatically when you save a JavaScript file by setting:

Code Actions on Save

The editor.codeActionsOnSave setting lets you configure a set of Code Actions that are run when a file is saved. For example, you can enable organize imports on save by setting:

You can also set editor.codeActionsOnSave to an array of Code Actions to execute in order.

Here are some source actions:

  • 'organizeImports' - Enables organize imports on save.
  • 'fixAll' - Auto Fix on Save computes all possible fixes in one round (for all providers including ESLint).
  • 'fixAll.eslint' - Auto Fix only for ESLint.
  • 'addMissingImports' - Adds all missing imports on save.

See Node.js/JavaScript for more information.

Code suggestions

VS Code automatically suggests some common code simplifications such as converting a chain of .then calls on a promise to use async and await

Set 'javascript.suggestionActions.enabled' to false to disable suggestions.

References CodeLens

The JavaScript references CodeLens displays an inline count of reference for classes, methods, properties, and exported objects:

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To enable the references CodeLens, set 'javascript.referencesCodeLens.enabled' to true.

Click on the reference count to quickly browse a list of references:

Update imports on file move

When you move or rename a file that is imported by other files in your JavaScript project, VS Code can automatically update all import paths that reference the moved file:

The javascript.updateImportsOnFileMove.enabled setting controls this behavior. Valid settings values are:

  • 'prompt' - The default. Asks if paths should be updated for each file move.
  • 'always' - Always automatically update paths.
  • 'never' - Do not update paths automatically and do not prompt.


Linters provides warnings for suspicious looking code. While VS Code does not include a built-in JavaScript linter, many JavaScript linter extensions available in the marketplace.

Tip: This list is dynamically queried from the VS Code Marketplace. Read the description and reviews to decide if the extension is right for you.

Type checking

You can leverage some of TypeScript's advanced type checking and error reporting functionality in regular JavaScript files too. This is a great way to catch common programming mistakes. These type checks also enable some exciting Quick Fixes for JavaScript, including Add missing import and Add missing property.

TypeScript tried to infer types in .js files the same way it does in .ts files. When types cannot be inferred, they can be specified explicitly with JSDoc comments. You can read more about how TypeScript uses JSDoc for JavaScript type checking in Working with JavaScript.

Type checking of JavaScript is optional and opt-in. Existing JavaScript validation tools such as ESLint can be used alongside built-in type checking functionality.


VS Code comes with great debugging support for JavaScript. Set breakpoints, inspect objects, navigate the call stack, and execute code in the Debug Console. See the Debugging topic to learn more.

Debug client side

You can debug your client-side code using a browser debugger such as Debugger for Chrome, Debugger for Edge or Debugger for Firefox.

Debug server side

Debug Node.js in VS Code using the built-in debugger. Setup is easy and there is a Node.js debugging tutorial to help you.

Popular extensions

VS Code ships with excellent support for JavaScript but you can additionally install debuggers, snippets, linters, and other JavaScript tools through extensions.

Tip: The extensions shown above are dynamically queried. Click on an extension tile above to read the description and reviews to decide which extension is best for you. See more in the Marketplace.

Next steps

Read on to find out about:

  • Working with JavaScript - More detailed information about VS Code's JavaScript support and how to troubleshoot common issues.
  • jsconfig.json - Detailed description of the jsconfig.json project file.
  • IntelliSense - Learn more about IntelliSense and how to use it effectively for your language.
  • Debugging - Learn how to set up debugging for your application.
  • Node.js - A walkthrough to create an Express Node.js application.
  • TypeScript - VS Code has great support for TypeScript, which brings structure and strong typing to your JavaScript code.

Watch these introductory videos:

  • IntelliSense - Tutorial on IntelliSense with JavaScript.
  • Debugging - Learn how to debug a Node.js application.

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Common questions

Does VS Code support JSX and React Native?

VS Code supports JSX and React Native. You will get IntelliSense for React/JSX and React Native from automatically downloaded type declaration (typings) files from the npmjs type declaration file repository. Additionally, you can install the popular React Native extension from the Marketplace.

To enable ES6 import statements for React Native, you need to set the allowSyntheticDefaultImports compiler option to true. This tells the compiler to create synthetic default members and you get IntelliSense. React Native uses Babel behind the scenes to create the proper run-time code with default members. If you also want to do debugging of React Native code, you can install the React Native Extension.

Does VS Code support the Dart programming language and the Flutter framework?

Yes, there are VS Code extensions for both Dart and Flutter development. You can learn more at the documentation.

IntelliSense is not working for external libraries

Automatic Type Acquisition works for dependencies downloaded by npm (specified in package.json), Bower (specified in bower.json), and for many of the most common libraries listed in your folder structure (for example jquery-3.1.1.min.js).

ES6 Style imports are not working.

When you want to use ES6 style imports but some type declaration (typings) files do not yet use ES6 style exports, then set the TypeScript compiler optionallowSyntheticDefaultImports to true.

Can I debug minified/uglified JavaScript?

Yes, you can. You can see this working using JavaScript source maps in the Node.js Debugging topic.

How do I disable Syntax Validation when using non-ES6 constructs?

Some users want to use syntax constructs like the proposed pipeline ( >) operator. However, these are currently not supported by VS Code's JavaScript language service and are flagged as errors. For users who still want to use these future features, we provide the javascript.validate.enablesetting.

With javascript.validate.enable: false, you disable all built-in syntax checking. If you do this, we recommend that you use a linter like ESLint to validate your source code.

Can I use other JavaScript tools like Flow?

Yes, but some of Flow's language features such as type and error checking may interfere with VS Code's built-in JavaScript support. To learn how to disable VS Code's built-in JavaScript support, see Disable JavaScript support.