How to use PowerShell with Visual Studio Code?

Requirement: Run PowerShell scripts from Visual Studio Code.

How to use PowerShell in Visual Studio Code?

Visual Studio Code is a powerful code editor from Microsoft, that supports a wide variety of programming languages and tools, including PowerShell. This guide will show you how to install the PowerShell extension and use it to work with PowerShell scripts and commands in Visual Studio Code.

Assuming you have Visual Studio Code already downloaded and installed on your computer, To use PowerShell with Visual Studio Code, you will need to install the PowerShell extension for VS Code. Here are the basic steps to get started:

  1. Open Visual Studio Code.
  2. File >> Preferences >> Extensions (Shortcut key: Ctrl+Shift+X). Search and select “PowerShell” in the Extensions pane.
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  3. Click the “Install” button for the “PowerShell” extension, and then click the “Reload” button to enable the extension.

Once the extension is installed, you can start using PowerShell in Visual Studio Code. Here are a few ways to use PowerShell in the editor:

  • Create and debug PowerShell scripts: You can start writing your PowerShell scripts in Visual Studio Code. It supports Intellisense, set breakpoints, and debug the script.
  • Open a PowerShell file: You can open a PowerShell script file in Visual Studio Code and edit it like any other code file.
  • Run PowerShell commands: You can run PowerShell commands in the editor by highlighting the command and run selection.

You can enable the PowerShell ISE experience in Visual Studio Code by turning on “ISE Mode”. To do this, open the command palette (Shortcut key: F1) and type in “ISE Mode”. Select “PowerShell: Enable ISE Mode” from the list.

Now, You have the full power of PowerShell in your VS Code editor, and you can use it to automate tasks, manage your local and remote systems, create and manage scripts and much more. The Visual Studio Code extension for PowerShell enables developers to write, test, and debug PowerShell scripts from within the Visual Studio Code environment. This extension includes features such as IntelliSense, which provides code completion and validation for PowerShell functions, cmdlets, and modules. It also provides debugging capabilities for PowerShell scripts and allows developers to create projects with multiple scripts.

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In summary, using PowerShell in Visual Studio Code can greatly enhance your productivity and efficiency as a developer or system administrator. The PowerShell extension for Visual Studio Code provides seamless integration of the PowerShell command-line shell and scripting language within the VS Code editor. With this extension, you can easily open and edit PowerShell scripts, start new PowerShell sessions, and run PowerShell commands directly within the VS Code interface. With this guide, you have learned how to install the PowerShell extension and use it to work with PowerShell scripts and commands in Visual Studio Code. Now, you can take advantage of the powerful features of PowerShell and automate your tasks and manage your systems effectively in VS Code.

Salaudeen Rajack

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