VSCode: Launch VSCode from macOS Terminal


Launching VSCode from the Command Line

You can also run VSCode from the terminal by typing code after adding it to the path:

  • Launch VSCode.
  • Open the Command Palette (⇧⌘P) and type shell command to find the Shell Command: Install ‘code’ command in PATH command.
  • Restart the terminal for the new $PATH value to take effect. You’ll be able to type code . in any folder to start editing files in that folder.

Note: If you still have the old code alias in your .bash_profile (or equivalent) from an early VS Code version, remove it and replace it by executing the Shell Command: Install ‘code’ command in PATH command.

To manually add VS Code to your path:

cat << EOF >> ~/.bash_profile
# Add Visual Studio Code (code)
export PATH="\$PATH:/Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/bin"

Start a new terminal to pick up your .bash_profile changes.

Note: The leading slash \ is required to prevent $PATH from expanding during the concatenation. Remove the leading slash if you want to run the export command directly in a terminal.

Source: Running VS Code on macOS