Visual Studio Code

A powerful, lightweight free code editor with integrated tools to easily deploy your code to Azure

One editor, from code to cloud

Spend more time coding and less time switching between tools. Use features and extensions that integrate with Azure and GitHub to develop, debug and deploy all from one place.

Provides local emulators and extensions to build, run and debug cloud apps directly from the editor

Imports and manages data for local or remote databases, with support for Azure Cosmos DB, MongoDB and more

Has guided workflows for Azure Pipelines to create and configure continuous integration

Supports nearly every language and app type, including static web apps, serverless Azure Functions and Kubernetes clusters

Develop cloud apps locally before you deploy

Create, run and debug your cloud projects locally so you can prototype quickly. Optimise costs by testing whether new features run efficiently in the cloud before deploying. Azure extensions include emulators for Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Functions.

Set up automated deployments to the cloud

Use the Deploy to Azure extension to set up continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) from your apps to the cloud using GitHub Actions or Azure Pipelines. Easily create a CI/CD pipeline targeting Azure App Service, Azure Functions or Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using the extension’s built-in automated workflows.

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Add and manage data

Easily manage your app’s data using the built-in MongoDB and IntelliSense support. Connect to your local or remote MongoDB servers and manage databases, collections and documents or host them in the cloud with the Azure Cosmos DB free tier.

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Collaborate with ease

You do not need to change how you work with others, whether they are teammates in the same room or community developers around the world. Bring pull requests into the editor, where you have full editing and debugging support with the GitHub Pull Requests extension. Or collaborate on editing, debugging and app sharing in real time for pair programming or code reviews with the Live Share Extension Pack.


Build, manage, and deploy containerised applications using the Docker extension. Generate docker files from your existing repository and manage your containers, images and registries from inside Visual Studio Code.

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Enjoy a fully integrated Kubernetes experience with the Kubernetes extension. Deploy containerised applications to local or cloud-hosted Kubernetes clusters and debug your live applications in Visual Studio Code.

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Front-end web development

Extend JavaScript debugging to front-end development using the Debugger for Microsoft Edge extension. Set breakpoints and step through front-end JavaScript code to resolve issues quickly. Debug front-end and back-end code simultaneously with the multitarget debugging capability.

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