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Top 5 Visual Studio Code Extensions for Linux Users



Visual studio code is the most popular text editor and integrated development environment these days. There are tons of extensions to customize the editor compared to any other available text editor. 

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux system text editor Software Installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into the best and top extensions for you to customize your Linux experience.


1. Linux Desktop File Support

The Linux Desktop File Support extension is an awesome entry in the VS Code catalogue. It does a marvelous job in reading .desktop files. It highlights the files just like gedit. The extension could highlight [X-GNOME-Metatheme] and it’s keys. The extension has a great support for theme index files as well.

Anyone working directly with Desktop files should have this extension installed.

Source code of extension is available on Github. https://github.com/nico-castell/desktop-file-support/releases


2. Embedded Linux Kernel Dev

The best thing about this extension is to read .config files, which is rare in many other extensions. Extension also shows a nice device tree automatically depending on how embedded devices are compatible with each other. In addition to above, extension supports C, Konfig, and defconfig.

The extensions are available here to be downloaded: https://github.com/microhobby/linuxkerneldev


3. GlassIt Linux

This extension delivers some nice flow for your work on Linux. Simply install it from the extension catalogue. It is the only windows transparency extension for VS Code. This is not the only reason We selected it. It mimics standard Linux window managers such as Gnome.

With this extension, users can enjoy a better opacity in VS Code. If you are not using a particular window manager then the extension will help you to enjoy something you miss about that display manager.

Extension source and release file are available to download from: https://github.com/Fmstrat/glassit-linux


4. Linux Dev Extension Pack

This is not just a single extension. It is a fantastic bundle of multiple extensions. It keeps track of the updates of all those extensions. We highly recommend installation of this extension.

The compiled extension along with source code is available on Github. https://github.com/rohit04saluja/linux-dev-extension-pack


5. Linux Themes for VS Code

Without themes this list won’t be complete. If you are fond of Linux themes in your editor then this extension will help you the best. You can choose a variety of themes for your editor like Arc, Adapta, and Gnome themes. These themes not only make the development process faster because of a consistent environment but also make an appealing visual effect for your productivity.

The source code is available on Github https://github.com/SolarLiner/vscode-arc-theme and related release files can also be found on the given link.


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Conclusion

This article covers a variety of extensions for Linux users. The features that Visual Studio Code includes out-of-the-box are just the start. VS Code extensions let you add languages, debuggers, and tools to your installation to support your development workflow. VS Code's rich extensibility model lets extension authors plug directly into the VS Code UI and contribute functionality through the same APIs used by VS Code.


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