After two years, Microsoft has finally brought VS code to the web browser. You see, when the .dev top level domain was made available, the folks at Microsoft wereted no time entering vscode.dev for parking. Now is the time to reveal the finished product to the world and we are thrilled.
VS Code is now available in the browser
If you have coding experience, you should know the importance of wanting to have access to your favorite platform wherever you can. Microsoft has made this possible with VS Code now on the web. No need to download anything, just open your web browser and use it.
It is a stripped-down version of VS Code, according to the software giant. This is not a problem, but we hope that in the future more features will be added to make it comparable to the desktop version. The company says it is realizing its original vision of VS Code where people can access it without a server through a web browser.
What are some of the things you can do in VS Code for the web?
Before you begin, you’ll need a modern web browser that supports the File System Access API. We know Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome support this, but the same cannot be said for Mozilla Firefox yet.
According to Microsoft, since VS Code for the web runs entirely in the browser, some experiences will naturally be more limited compared to what you can do in the desktop app. For example, the terminal and debugger aren’t available, which makes sense because you can’t compile, run, and debug a Rust or Go app in the browser sandbox (although emerging technologies like Pyodid and web containers can someday change that).
Here are some of the things you can do with this lightweight version:
- Viewing and editing local files. Quickly take notes (and preview!) In Markdown. Even if you are on a restricted machine where you cannot install the full VS code, you can still use vscode.dev to view and edit local files.
- Edit your code on less powerful machines like Chromebooks, where you can’t (easily) install VS Code.
- Develop on your iPad. You can upload / download files (and even store them in the cloud using the Files app), as well as open repositories remotely with the built-in GitHub Repositories extension.
If you want to use the terminal and the debugger, you will of course have to launch the desktop version.
Click on vscode.dev to encode in the web browser, but with some constraints.