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How to Install Visual Studio Code on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Visual Studio Code on macOS using Homebrew. Visual Studio Code is a code editor redefined and optimised for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. Visual Studio Code is free.

What is Visual Studio Code?

“Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (such as C++, C#, Java, Python, PHP, Go) and runtimes (such as .NET and Unity).” ~ Visual Studio Code

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Visual Studio Code on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew cask install visual-studio-code

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install Visual Studio Code on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                           # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew tap caskroom/cask                # Tap the Caskroom/Cask repository from Github using HTTPS.
$ brew search visual-studio-code        # Searches all known Casks for a partial or exact match.
$ brew cask info visual-studio-code     # Displays information about the given Cask
$ brew cask install visual-studio-code  # Install the given cask.
$ brew cleanup                          # For all installed or specific formulae, remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Visual Studio Code on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.