Install Visual Studio Code on Rocky Linux 8

This guide intends to teach you to Install Visual Studio (VS) Code on Rocky Linux 8.

Visual Studio Code is “a free editor that helps the programmer write code, helps in debugging and corrects the code using the intelli-sense method ”. In normal terms, it facilitates users to write the code easily.

It can be run on your desktop and the web and is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Raspberry Pi OS.

Steps To Install Visual Studio Code on Rocky Linux 8

To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with Rocky Linux 8.

Install VS Code on Rocky Linux 8

First, you need to update your local package index with the following command:

sudo dnf update -y

Then, install the development tools by using the command below:

sudo dnf groupinstall "Development Tools" -y

Visual studio code packages are not available in the default Rocky Linux repository. So you need to add it to your server.

Import Visual Studio Code GPG key

Here you need to import the GPG key to verify the authenticity of the packages to be installed. To do this, run the command below:

sudo rpm --import

Add Visual Studio Code Repository

Now use the following command to import the repository on your server:

printf "[vscode]\\nbaseurl=\nenabled=1\ngpgcheck=1\nrepo_gpgcheck=1\ngpgkey=\nmetadata_expire=1h" | sudo tee -a /etc/yum.repos.d/vscode.repo


When you are done, run the system update:

sudo dnf update -y

Now you can install Visual studio code on Rocky Linux 8 by using the following command:

sudo dnf install code -y

How To Launch VS Code

At this point, you can use different ways to open your VS code. You can easily launch your software, by using the following command:


Or, you can run the code & command, which you can continue to use the terminal during the application session:

code &

Also, you can open VSCode from your desktop. To do this, follow the following path:

Applications -> Programming -> Visual Studio Code

When you start VS Code for the first time, a window like the following will be displayed:

visual studio code app

You can now begin installing extensions and configuring VS Code according to your preferences.

For more information, you can visit Visual Studio Code Documentation.

Update Visual Studio Code on Rocky Linux 8

When a new version of Visual Studio Code is released you can update the package through your desktop standard Software Update tool or by running the following commands:

# sudo dnf update -y
# sudo dnf upgrade -y

Remove VS Code

When you no longer want VSCode installed on your system, use the following command to remove it:

sudo dnf autoremove code -y

Next, remove the repository using the following command if you plan never to re-install the IDE again:

sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/vscode*


At this point, you have learned to Install Visual Studio (VS) Code on Rpcky Linux 8.

Hope you enjoy it. You may be like these articles:

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