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This package was approved as a trusted package on 9/12/2019.

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  • Git commands built-in: Working with Git has never been easier. Review diffs, stage files, and make commits right from the editor. Push and pull from any hosted Git service.
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Package parameters

  • /NoDesktopIcon - Don't add a desktop icon.
  • /NoQuicklaunchIcon - Don't add an icon to the QuickLaunch area.
  • /NoContextMenuFiles - Don't add an Open with Code entry to the context menu for files.
  • /NoContextMenuFolders - Dont't add an Open with Code entry to the context menu for folders.
  • /DontAddToPath - Don't add Visual Studio Code to the system PATH.

Example: choco install vscode --params "/NoDesktopIcon /DontAddToPath"



To install Visual Studio Code, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install vscode

To upgrade Visual Studio Code, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade vscode


  • tools\ChocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $toolsPath = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    . $toolsPath\helpers.ps1
    $softwareName = 'Microsoft Visual Studio Code'
    $version = '1.38.1'
    if ($version -eq (Get-UninstallRegistryKey "$softwareName").DisplayVersion) {
      Write-Host "VS Code $version is already installed."
    $pp = Get-PackageParameters
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = 'vscode'
      fileType       = 'exe'
      url            = ''
      url64bit       = ''
      softwareName   = "$softwareName"
      checksum       = '3974d08142a54b48075d1a4e3e659494cfe941bafe4bcf87f638d355432e3a06'
      checksumType   = 'sha256'
      checksum64     = 'a92a432232ba499fd3c1e997397e1e17166fad4504b4f4737ea5f4653b43ec04'
      checksumType64 = 'sha256'
      silentArgs     = '/verysilent /suppressmsgboxes /mergetasks="{0}" /log="{1}\install.log"' -f (Get-MergeTasks), (Get-PackageCacheLocation)
      validExitCodes = @(0, 3010, 1641)
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
  • tools\helpers.ps1 Show
    function Get-MergeTasks {
        $t  = "!runCode"
        $t += ', ' + '!'*$pp.NoDesktopIcon        + 'desktopicon'
        $t += ', ' + '!'*$pp.NoQuicklaunchIcon    + 'quicklaunchicon'
        $t += ', ' + '!'*$pp.NoContextMenuFiles   + 'addcontextmenufiles'
        $t += ', ' + '!'*$pp.NoContextMenuFolders + 'addcontextmenufolders'
        $t += ', ' + '!'*$pp.DontAddToPath        + 'addtopath'
        Write-Host "Merge Tasks: $t"
    function Close-VSCode {
        Get-Process code -ea 0 | ForEach-Object { $_.CloseMainWindow() | Out-Null }
        Start-Sleep 1
        Get-Process code -ea 0 | Stop-Process  #in case gracefull shutdown did not succeed, try hard kill

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Microsoft


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Visual Studio Code 1.38.0 15997 Wednesday, September 4, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.37.1 32679 Thursday, August 15, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.37.0 15182 Thursday, August 8, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.36.1 39824 Tuesday, July 9, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.36.0 13010 Wednesday, July 3, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.35.1 29899 Thursday, June 13, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.35.0 16374 Wednesday, June 5, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.34.0 27221 Saturday, May 18, 2019 approved
Visual Studio Code 1.33.1 42714 Thursday, April 11, 2019 approved
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