Introduction to VSCodium

VSCodium is the name of Open Source Software Binaries of VS Code, a very powerful source code editor.



VSCodium can be installed from Please follow the instructions provided for your platform. If you do not have administrative privileges on your computer, resort to a portable installation instead.


After completing the setup, install addons to facilitate your tasks. Some extensions are not available in the extension registry used by VSCodium. If you cannot find an extension there, download its vsx file from any other marketplace and install it by selecting Install from VSIX:

Install from VSIX

Generic Addons

Addon Explanation
Bracket Pair Colorizer 2 A customizable extension for colorizing matching brackets
EditorConfig for VS Code EditorConfig Support for Visual Studio Code
GitLens Supercharge the Git capabilities built into Visual Studio Code
Path Autocomplete Visual Studio Code plugin that autocompletes filenames.
Vim VSCodeVim is a Vim emulator for Visual Studio Code


Addon Explanation
LaTeX Workshop Boost LaTeX typesetting efficiency with preview, compile, autocomplete, colorize, and more.


Addon Explanation
Pico-Go Autocompletion and a REPL console for the Raspberry Pi Pico.
Python IntelliSense (Pylance), Linting, Debugging (multi-threaded, remote), Jupyter Notebooks, code formatting, refactoring, …

Template Engines

Addon Explanation
Better Jinja Syntax highlighting for jinja(2) including HTML, Markdown, YAML, Ruby and LaTeX templates
Nunjucks Template Formatting, Syntax Highlighting, Hover, and Snippets for Nunjucks

Web Development

Addon Explanation
Babel JavaScript VSCode syntax highlighting for today's JavaScript
CSS Peek Allow peeking to css ID and class strings as definitions from html files to respective CSS.
ESLint Integrates ESLint JavaScript into VS Code.
Live Server Launch a development local Server with live reload feature for static & dynamic pages.


Shortcut Action
Ctrl+p Search files by name
Ctrl+p # (@) Go to symbol (in workspace)
Ctrl+Shift+P, F1, Ctrl+p > Command Palette
Crtl+` Toggle Terminal
Ctrl+Tab Switch between open documents
Ctrl+\ Toggle line comment

Running and Debugging Code

These actions can be found in the Run menu.

Shortcut Action
F5 Start Debugging
F5 Continue
F9 Toggle Breakpoint
F10 Step Over
F11 Step Into
Shift+F11 Step Out

Selected Commands

After activating the command palette via F1 (see shortcuts above), you can use, among others, the following commands.

Toggle Line Comment
Emmet: Wrap with Abbreviation
Emmet: Expand Abbreviation


To open the full configuration as JSON file, open the command palette via F1 and type Preferences: Open Settings (JSON). To access the settings user interface, open the command palette via F1 and type Preferences: Open Settings (UI).