Last year, I was blown away by some Terminal commands that I learned. My favorite one is
open . to open a Finder window for whichever directory you are currently in.
At one point I had a similar command to instantly open a folder in VS Code (Visual Studio Code), but deleted it after I switched from VS Code to Atom. I’ve since switched back to VS Code and after begrudgingly dragging folders into VS Code to open them, I decided to figure out how to enable that command.
Luckily, it’s takes a few steps to activate.
- With VS Code running, enter
Command + Shift + Pto open the Command Palette (or View > Command Palette from the menu bar)
- A search bar will open up. Search for “Shell” or “Shell Command” and you should see one named
Shell Command: install "code" command in PATH.
- Select it and a confirmation
Shell command "code" successfully installed in PATH.should pop up (for me the pop up appeared in the lower, righthand corner).
- If you already have a Terminal session running, quit or restart it.
- When you are in the directory of the files you want to open in VS Code, type
code .(that is the word “code” followed by a space, then a period) and the folder will automatically open in VS code.
One response to “Automatically Open the Current Directory in VS Code From Terminal”
Just learning and relying on VSCode as my default, did a search on opening from command line and yours was the top hit. Worked like a charm!