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My VS Code Setup

iamismile profile image Ismile Hossain Updated on ・6 min read

There are a lot of Code Editors, some are free and some are paid. Among all of them my favorite Code Editor is Visual Studio Code. It's free and has amazing features. I'm using it from the beginning of my web development journey.

Today I'm going to share my favorite Code Editor settings, using for my web development. And I'm going to start with my Code Editor looks. After all look matters.

🎨 Theme:

My most used VS Code theme is Snazzy Operator, currently I'm using this.

VS Code Theme - Snazzy Operator
VS Code Theme - Snazzy Operator

This theme is based on hyper-snazzy and optimized for used with the Operator Mono font. I just love😍 this theme.

⭐ Some other themes I used before:

βœ’ Font:

Another important things for my Code Editor looks. The font I'm using for my Code Editor is JetBrains Mono. It's a free font with ligatures support.

JetBrains Mono Font
Captured from JetBrains Mono Fonts Webpage

The font ligatures are a new format for fonts that support symbol decorations instead of normal characters like =>, <=.

Alt Text
Captured from Official Site

Before JetBrains Mono, I used Operator Mono. It's also a nice font.

⭐ Some other fonts I used before:

🌟🌟🌟 Do you want to use my settings, I use for my VS Code fonts? In your VS Code press Ctrl + p, type settings.json and open that file. Now replace below properties values with my given values.

  "workbench.colorTheme": "Snazzy Operator",
  "editor.fontFamily": "'JetBrains Mono', Consolas, 'Courier New', monospace",
  "editor.fontLigatures": true,
  "editor.fontSize": 14,
  "editor.lineHeight": 22,
  "editor.letterSpacing": 0.5,
  "editor.fontWeight": "400",
  "editor.cursorStyle": "line",
  "editor.cursorWidth": 5,
  "editor.cursorBlinking": "solid"

πŸ“ Icons:

File Icons enhance our VS Code Editor looks. Mainly it helps us to differentiate between different files & folders by their given icons. For my VS Code I use two file icons :-

  1. Material Icon Theme - One of the most popular icon theme for VS Code.
  2. Material Theme Icons - Currently using this. And I'm using Material Theme Icons Light variant.

Material Icon Theme
Material Icon Theme - File Icons

πŸ›  Extensions I Use:

πŸ”Ή Auto Rename Tag

Automatically rename paired HTML/XML tag, also works in JSX.

Add entry into auto-rename-tag.activationOnLanguage, in your settings.json file to set the languages that the extension will be activated. By default, it is ["*"] and will be activated for all languages.

  "auto-rename-tag.activationOnLanguage": ["html", "xml", "php", "javascript"]

Auto Rename Tag
Auto Rename Tag (Taken from VS Code Auto Rename Tag extension page)

πŸ”Ή Bracket Pair Colorizer 2

This extension allows matching brackets to be identified with colours. The user can define which tokens to match, and which colours to use.

Bracket Pair Colorizer 2

πŸ”Ή Color Highlight

This extension styles css/web colors, found in your document.

Color Highlight
Color Highlight (Taken from google)

πŸ”Ή CSS Peek

  • Peek: Load the css file inline and make quick edits right there. (Ctrl+Shift+F12)
  • Go To: Jump directly to the css file or open it in a new editor (F12)
  • Hover: Show the definition in a hover over the symbol (Ctrl+hover)

CSS Peek
CSS Peek (Taken from VS Code CSS Peek extension page)


Highlight key, value pairs in .env file.

DotENV (Taken from VS Code DotENV extension page)

πŸ”Ή ES7 React/Redux/GraphQL/React-Native snippets

This extension provides you JavaScript and React/Redux snippets in ES7 with Babel plugin features for VS Code.

πŸ”Ή ESLint

'Linting' tool for VS Code - or Code checking tool.

"Lint, or a Linter, is a tool that analyzes source code to flag programming errors, bugs, stylistic errors, and suspicious constructs." Wikipedia

πŸ”Ή Highlight Matching Tag

Highlight matching opening or closing tags.

Highlight Matching Tag
Highlight Matching Tag (Taken from VS Code Highlight Matching Tag extension page)

Styles I use for this extension:

"highlight-matching-tag.styles": {
        "opening": {
            "left": {
                "custom": {
                    "borderWidth": "0 0 0 1.5px",
                    "borderStyle": "solid",
                    "borderColor": "yellow",
                    "borderRadius": "5px",
                    "overviewRulerColor": "white"
            "right": {
                "custom": {
                    "borderWidth": "0 1.5px 0 0",
                    "borderStyle": "solid",
                    "borderColor": "yellow",
                    "borderRadius": "5px",
                    "overviewRulerColor": "white"

πŸ”Ή Image preview

Shows image preview in the gutter and on hover.

Image preview
Image preview (Taken from VS Code Image preview extension page)

πŸ”Ή Indent Rainbow

This extension colorizes the indentation in front of your text alternating four different colors on each step.

Indent Rainbow
Indent Rainbow (Taken from VS Code Indent Rainbow extension page)

πŸ”Ή Live Server

Launch a local development server with live reload feature for static & dynamic pages.

πŸ”Ή Prettier

Prettier is an opinionated code formatter. It enforces a consistent style by parsing your code and re-printing it with its own rules that take the maximum line length into account, wrapping code when necessary.

Set below property value to be true or add this property into your settings.json file to format code on save.

  "editor.formatOnSave": true

πŸ”Ή Pug beautify

Pug beautify plugin for VS Code. Press F1 and run the command named Beautify pug/jade to beautify your pug file.

πŸ”Ή REST Client

REST Client allows you to send HTTP request and view the response in Visual Studio Code directly.

REST Client
REST Client (Taken from VS Code REST Client extension page)

πŸ”Ή Settings Sync

Synchronize Settings, Snippets, Themes, File Icons, Launch, Keybindings, Workspaces and Extensions Across Multiple Machines Using GitHub Gist.

πŸ”Ή TODO Highlight

Highlight TODO, FIXME and other annotations within your code.

πŸ”Ή Version Lens

Shows the latest version for each package in your package.json file.

πŸ“ƒ Terminal Setup:

I use Windows Operating System. Since I use Git via the command line, I have Git Terminal. And I use this terminal as my integrated terminal. My terminal settings are given below:

  "terminal.integrated.shell.windows": "C:\\Program Files\\Git\\bin\\bash.exe",
  "terminal.integrated.fontFamily": "FuraMono Nerd Font",
  "terminal.integrated.fontSize": 12,
  "terminal.integrated.rightClickCopyPaste": true

βœ” Useful VS Code Keyboard Shortcuts:

There are some important keyboard shortcuts, I use in my day to day coding life. These shortcuts enhance my productivity with Visual Studio Code.

Keybinding Action
Ctrl + P Go to File, You can move to any file of open solution/folder in Visual Studio code
Ctrl + ` Open terminal in VS Code
Alt + Down Move Line Down
Alt + Up Move Line Up
Ctrl + D Move Last Selection To Next Find Match
Ctrl + Space Trigger Suggest
Ctrl + F Find
Ctrl + / Toggle Line Comment
Ctrl + C Copy line
Ctrl + X Cut line
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo
Shift + Alt + Down Copy Line Down
Shift + Alt + Up Copy Line Up
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the latest closed window

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.πŸ™‚πŸ‘‹

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I agree 100%. Ligatures remind me of having emojis in you code.


Not like that. If you don't like it then set "editor.fontLigatures": false. It's a personal preference, some people like it, some people not.


😁😁... I like ligatures but I'm not fond of it.


πŸ˜„πŸ˜„... But this time need not to be fell alone.


Don't you like ligatures?


Personally, I like my code to look like code. I find => to be more readable then the equivalent with ligatures, for example.

Everyone has his own preference, I appreciate your preference. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Avoid the Auto Rename Tag extension! It is horrific for performance and is definitely slowing everything down on your machine!


It also crushes a lot with .erb files in Rails. I disabled it, at least for Rails development.


I have changed the extensions link and info. Please check again. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


I never realized that it causes high cpu load. If you didn't tell me, I might not be know about that. Thanks man.πŸ™‚


I have an i7 so it hasn't been a problem for me xD, that extension rules but it needs a bit of optimization.


Me too, but whenever I tried to save an format an SVG file it crashed every single other extension in VS code.

Googled your problem, It is because of Color Highlight extension.

I appreciate the help, but it was definitely solely because of the auto-rename-tag extension. Even just disabling it on/off was able to reproduce my problem exactly. I may try it again in the future after seeing your link about him addressing the concerns, but for now I'm fine without it.



One of the best extensions I have used is "Settings sync", this tool is amazing. Now I don't have to worry about which machine I am working on, I can sync all my VS Code extensions via Gist.


Yeah, It's an amazing extensions. It helped me so many times. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


wow thanks so much for the "ligatures for code" graphics

without ligs
with ligs

with ligs
with ligs


It's my pleasure. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Auto Rename Tag is a nice one πŸ‘Œ


Happy to know that you find something that helps you.πŸ™‚


hello dear Ismile Hossain, great and overwhelming - i appreciate your text it is very very good .
i am happy to read your text - i like it very much. Can you give us more hints to run VSCode or VSCodium on mx-linux:

cf : I use VSCode daily and it is widely used, i am shocked it is not in stable repo. Please add VSCode to the package list.

we look forward to hear form you -regards tarifa


Sorry😞. I've no idea about it.


This is an awesome list! πŸ™Œ

After having used Settings Sync for a while (which is based on GitHub Gists), and then deciding to use GitHub Gists for more things in my workflow (managing code snippets, reference notes, etc.), I ended up creating GistPad to make it super easy to create/view/edit/fork gists entirely within VS Code. I’d be interested to hear if it looks useful for how you use gists as well πŸ‘


ThanksπŸ™‚... It seems interesting and useful. I'll definitely try it.


What do you think about extension name as "Prettier".


To me it's an important extensions. It's make my code more readable, enforces to a consistent style which helps me not to think about my code to write a particulars way. I missed it out from my extensions list. I'm going to add this now. Thank you.πŸ™‚


Yeah because I use beautify from past but due to certain recommendation i switched to Prettier though I can say my decision is not wrong in any way for choosing prettier over beautify because where beautiful fails Prettier work with full efficiency.

At first I also used 'Beautify' but when I switched to 'Prettier', I'm happy with it.


I tried to use AutoRenameTag, but in a lot of situations it was renaming the wrong closing tag break my code.

And getting it to rename the right tags, when that happened, without disabling the extension was really hard, so I just gave up on it and uninstalled.

Shame, because I really like the concept.


Recently I'm also facing some problems. I don't know why this is happening. Check this link :- github.com/formulahendry/vscode-au...
I don't know it's gonna help you or not.


side note: color highlight extension cause bug for live Sass compiler. Here is Github closed issue link: github.com/ritwickdey/vscode-live-...


Thanks for letting us know about this.πŸ™‚


Great setup! I too use JetBrains Mono and the first time I applied it in VS Code I fell in love with it. What a beautiful type it has.


Thank you so muchπŸ™‚


mille grazie - this is great. AT the moment i am trying to install VSCode into MX-Linux.
I appreciate any and all help.

love to hear from you

Sorry😞. I've no idea about it.


My setup is very close to yours. Would add npm & npm intellissense plugins. And also formatting toggle & gitlens.
Thanks for sharing, didn't know highlight matching tag.


Ohh. Our taste is almost same😊. I will try your mentioned extensions. Thanks to you also.


Do you use any AI intelligent to code ? ( I use kite engine to code javascript )


Great post! It is sometimes useful to use Unicode characters. They do not need to be installed and the choice of characters and letters is huge exoticfonts.com/font-changer/


Great write-up. Thank you so much for sharing.


Welcome. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


☺☺... Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Nothing on testing? I'm surprised.


I'm not familiar with testing that's why may be. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Thanks for sharing, I always like seeing other peoples setup.

I made a post about my keyboard shortcut setup a few months back.


I also like seeing other peoples setup. Sometimes I spend long time on it. Thanks for your feedback and your post.πŸ™‚


Very insightful article but overusing extensions may not be a good choice for everyone as it makes vs code heavy to run!


Yes, You told an important thing. More extensions make vs code heavy to run, which is not a good choice. We have to always think about it before installing any extensions. Thanks for your valuable comment.πŸ™‚


Nice article. What's the shortcut key to format the file. For example, from plain text to JavaScript format. The shortcut doesn't work.
Has anyone tried?


Are you trying to say "Select language mode"? For select language mode first press 'Ctrl + K' at the same time then press 'M' to see the drop down. (For Windows)
For Mac :- 'Cmd + K' then 'M'. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Thanks for "Material Theme Icons"! It's so much compact than "Material Icon Theme", love this!


Welcome. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Some really good stuff here, thanks for sharing


Welcome. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


the font is really refreshing, thanks for letting us know that.


It's my pleasure. Thanks for your comment.πŸ™‚


Thank Ismile Hossain!
That font is really refreshing, thanks for letting us know that.
I love this font too: fontsio.com/winnie-the-pooh-font-f...