In the last few months, I tried several different text editors, and I find myself starting up Visual Code most of the time. I think it’s an awesome editor!

With some tasks I still have to force myself to stay in the editor, like when using git. Luckily there are tons of plugins available to make my life as a Dev/Ops engineer so much better.

A walkthrough

First I will cover my current setup of Visual code on Ubuntu 18.04 and after that you find a list of plugins.

Setup Visual Code

There is not a lot to say about the setup, other than changing some default configuration settings.

So grab your preferred binary here:

Sourcecode is available here:

Since April 4 2019 it is also released in the snapstore officially: Check it out here

Read and understand about data collection here and how to opt-out for most of it:

And this point brings me to the title of this post. All this tracking/data collecting stuff, why isn’t there a version without any of this tracking/data collecting stuff in it?

There is!

VSCodium is here to save the day. A compilation of VSCode with everything related to data collection removed from the source:

They also have builds for windows btw: The only thing that is different is the icon. But everything else works just fine (also all the plugins etc).

Here is how to migrate your settings from VSCode to VSCodium:

On setup page for Linux you can also make use of a deb repository:

Visual Code updates

At the time of writing the current version is 1.33.1 but every month there is an update for Visual Code. You can check the release notes here: or watch video that is also released every month on their channel:


If you use another editor, and you are used to keybindings of that editor, then, fortunately, there are loads of keymappings/keybinding plugins available to make the transition to Visual Code easier.

Atom Keymap
Visual Studio Keymap
Notepad++ keymap
Vim Keymap
Sublime Text Keymap and Settings Importer
IntelliJ IDEA Keybindings

More on keybindings here.

Git font issues in ubuntu 18.04:

Every year I switch between a rpm based distro and a Debian based one. Right now I have a Debian based distro for my xps 9570 (shoutout to the 9570 respin repo:

I think the setup does not differ much between mac/and other Linux distro’s but this setup is based on Ubuntu 18.04 with the zsh shell and ohmyzsh installed and the powerline9k theme selected.

So Visual code (or code) has a built-in terminal but my font doesn’t contain any of the git symbols. So, first we’re gonna fix this. All of your (non-default/personal) settings are in a json file. Open your settings with the following shortcut:


My personal settings:

    "telemetry.enableTelemetry": false,
    "telemetry.enableCrashReporter": false,
    "terminal.integrated.fontFamily": "MesloLGL Nerd Font",
    "terminal.integrated.fontSize": 14,
    "docker-explorer.enableTelemetry": false,
    "extensions.autoUpdate": true,
    "gitlens.advanced.messages": {
       "suppressShowKeyBindingsNotice": true
    "foodcritic.enable": true,
    "workbench.iconTheme": "vscode-icons",
    "breadcrumbs.enabled": true

To fix my VisualCode terminal I need to download an extra font (so ohmyzsh/zsh and powerline9k theme is working correctly):

mkdir ~/.fonts/
cd .fonts

Starting code

There are handy commandline switches you can use.

  -d --diff <file> <file>           Compare two files with each other.
  -a --add <folder>                 Add folder(s) to the last active window.
  -g --goto <file:line[:character]> Open a file at the path on the specified line and 
character position.
  -n --new-window                   Force to open a new window.
  -r --reuse-window                 Force to open a file or folder in an already opened window.
  -w --wait                         Wait for the files to be closed before returning.
  --locale <locale>                 The locale to use (e.g. en-US or zh-TW).
  --user-data-dir <dir>             Specifies the directory that user data is kept in. Can be 
used to open multiple distinct instances of Code.
  -v --version                      Print version.
  -h --help                         Print usage.
  --folder-uri <uri>                Opens a window with given folder uri(s)
  --file-uri <uri>                  Opens a window with given file uri(s)

The 3 options I use the most are the -n -r or -g flag.

Here are some of the plugins which are quite handy (in a random order):

1. Docker explorer

This is a great plugin for managing different aspects of your docker platform.

From the pluginpage, please pay attention to the following:

By default, anonymous telemetry data collection is turned on to understand user behavior to improve this extension. To disable it, update the settings.json as below:

    "docker-explorer.enableTelemetry": false

docker explorer

2. Azure Storage

Quickly uploading a static site to your azure blob is very easy with this plugin.

3. Vagrant

Manage different aspects of your Vagrant boxes:

Go Guus

4. Vagrantfile Support

Syntax highlight your Vagrantfile

5. Ansible

Run your Ansible playbook local, docker, in cloud. Code snippets and syntax highlighting. I really like this extension.


6. Python

Snippets, syntax and much more!

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7. Go

Again, check the link for details. Snippets syntax and much more!

8. Code Runner

Installing this plugin will enable you to quickly run your code/snippets.

Run baby run

9. GitLens

code editing

10. Test Kitchen

Command palette for your kitchen tooling.

Hot in here

11. Rest Client

With this plugin it is possible to send kinds of http requests. So when you don’t have postman installed, or want to to a quick request, you could do it with this plugin.


12. AutoFileName

Autocomplete your localfiles with this one.

13. Markdown Shortcuts

Nice plugin for creating your Markdown documents:


14. VSCode icons

Just a bit of eye-candy, but also makes it more coherent.

VSCode icons


Oh, and do let me know if I missed an essential plugin? Or a handy feature in VSCode? Thanks a lot!