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Sean Boult
Sean Boult

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VSCode Remote SSH From the Command Line

The Remote - SSH extension is very useful for allowing you and edit files remotely.

One awesome feature is allowing you connect to a remote host from the terminal.

code --folder-uri vscode-remote://ssh-remote+<FQDN><RemoteDirectory>
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This allows you to create a simple alias to launch VSCode to connect directly to that host.

alias devhost="code --folder-uri vscode-remote://"
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One drawback is you can't currently use hosts from your .ssh/config as of now but I've raised a ~~ feature request ~~for that.

Update: you can use aliases from your .ssh/config, either it was bugged or fixed 😅.

Top comments (2)

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Thanks @hacksore for the tip, specially the alias trick. I used the remote ssh extension only once, I was not very satisfied with it, as it install , I think sort of agent, in the server side. The server was for a production environment and I was not allowed to installed any untrusted tools on it. I do not know if there is an other extension which used a pure ssh

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Sean Boult • Edited

Yeah trying to use this to remote into production servers is not always going to fly for the main concern that remote ssh uses a binary downloaded from the internet.

First option would be work with security teams and host the VSCode Server binary internally for Remote SSH and create a script install the binary to the server.

Here is some good reference material for that.

Otherwise If that wont work out you're better off using an SFTP client to keep the remote directory in sync with your local.

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