There are several ways to install Visual Studio Code on Debian 12.
However, in this tutorial you will learn how to install Visual Studio Code on Debian 12 by using the official repository.
The process of installing Visual Studio Code on Debian 12, is very simple.
First we need to add Microsoft GPG key, next we add the official repository of Visual Sutdio Code, and then we can finally install Visual Studio Code directly from the terminal, by running a single command.
Step 1 - Add Microsoft GPG Key
GPG key is necessary to be added on your system before being able to install Visual studio code. To add Microsoft's GPG key on your system, run the command below
wget -qO- https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > packages.microsoft.gpg
sudo install -D -o root -g root -m 644 packages.microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/keyrings/packages.microsoft.gpg
Step 2 - Add Visual Studio Code Repository
Once you add Microsoft's GPG key on your system, proceed to add Visual studio code repository on your machine. This is the repository, from where Visual studio code package will be downloaded.
To add Visual studio code repository, run the command below
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64,arm64,armhf signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/packages.microsoft.gpg] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/code stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'
As you can see in the image above, Visual Studio Code repository is now added on our system.
Step 3 - Activate Visual Studio Repository
When you add a repository on your system, in order to use it, first you need to make it active. To make Visual studio Code repository active, simply update the repository database using the command below
sudo apt update
Step 3 - Install Visual Studio Code
Now you should be good to go ahead, and install Visual Studio Code on Debian 12.
sudo apt install code
Step 4 - Launch Visual Studio Code
There are also two ways to launch Visual Studio Code.
Launch Visual Studio Code using GUI
On the applications menu, search for "Visual studio code", and click to Visual studio icon to launch it
Launch Visual Studio Code using Terminal
To launch Visual Studio Code from the terminal, simply run
Visual Studio Code GUI
In this tutorial, you learned how to install Visual Studio Code on Debian 12.