There are a lot of different code editors out there, but lately, many developers found a liking in Visual Studio Code. I personally switched over to VSCode from Atom and Sublime a while ago and I am not looking back. VSCode is such an awesome piece of software (and it’s completely free, too), that I don’t need to use anything else for my daily needs. In this tutorial, I show you how to install VSCode on Kali Linux 2020.4.
Step 1 – Downloading the VSCode package
The easiest way to install VSCode on Kali Linux is by downloading the VSCode deb. package and installing it via Apt. By doing it this way, you are automatically installing the apt repository that is necessary to automatically update VSCode, which is what we want.
Step 2 – Install VSCode on Kali Linux
Once downloaded, we need to install it.
sudo apt install ./code_amd64.deb
Make sure to select the file you have downloaded for this.
Step 3 – Starting VSCode
And that’s it already! You can now start VSCode via the App menu.
And there you have it. That’s as easy as it gets. Now you are able to use VSCode in Kali Linux. I really enjoy working with VSCode because of its ease of use and because of it’s extensive extension library. There are extensions for almost anything you can think of, from colored bracket pairs to syntax autocompletion et cetera. On top of that, it runs really fast and had never even once crashed on me. It also fully integrated with Git, making it very easy to work with your Git repository.
Once you get used to using Virtual Studio Code, you probably will not go back to your old editor (except, your old editor is VIM of course!), but that’s a whole topic on its own.