“code .” Not working in Command Line for Visual Studio Code on OSX/Mac


Question or issue on macOS:

The command “code .” doesn’t work in this manual?

All the other steps before that worked. How can I call the Visual Studio Code in OSX terminal?

Monas-MacBook-Pro:myExpressApp mona$ pwd
Monas-MacBook-Pro:myExpressApp mona$ code .
-bash: code: command not found

EDIT: I ended up opening it from within Visual Code Studio by changing the workspace but I am wondering why that command “code .” won’t work?

How to solve this problem?

Solution no. 1:

1. Make sure you drag Visual Studio Code app into the -Applications- folder

Otherwise (as noted in the comments) you’ll have to go through this process again after reboot

2. Next, open Visual Studio Code

Open the Command Palette via (⇧⌘P) and type shell command to find the Shell Command:

> Install ‘code’ command in PATH** command.

![Command Palette

After executing the command, restart the terminal for the new $PATH
value to take effect. You’ll be able to simply type ‘code .’ in any
folder to start editing files in that folder. The “.” Simply means “current directory”

(Source: VS Code documentation)

NOTE: If you’re running a build based off the OSS repository… You will need to run code-oss . @Dzeimsas Zvirblis

Solution no. 2:

If you want to add it permanently:

Add this to your ~/.bash_profile, or to ~/.zshrc if you are running MacOS Catalina or later.

export PATH="$PATH:/Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/bin"

source: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/mac

Solution no. 3:

Open the ~/.bashrc file using vi/vim
$ vi ~/.bashrc

Enter the following by pressing i to insert:

code () { VSCODE_CWD="$PWD" open -n -b "com.microsoft.VSCode" --args $* ;}

Save the file using :wq

Reflect the settings in ~/.bashrc using the following command:

source ~/.bashrc

Solution no. 4:

For those of you that run ZShell with Iterm2, add this to your ~/.zshrc file.

alias code="/Applications/Visual\ Studio\ Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/bin/code"

Solution no. 5:


Tip: If you want to run VSCode from the terminal, append the following to your .bashrc file

code () {
if [[ $# = 0 ]]
    open -a "Visual Studio Code"
    [[ $1 = /* ]] && F="$1" || F="$PWD/${1#./}"
    open -a "Visual Studio Code" --args "$F"

Then $ source ~/.bashrc

Solution no. 6:

On my MAC I got it working:

add to .bash_profile

code() {
   open -a Visual\ Studio\ Code.app $1

save and in terminal ‘source .bash_profile’

Then in terminal code index.html (or whatever) will open that file in VS Code.

Solution no. 7:

It was quite simple to follow the documentation to install ‘code’ to PATH but didn’t work.

I simply uninstalled it first, then installed it again.

Open the Command Palette (⇧⌘P)

Shell Command: Uninstall 'code' command in PATH command.

then install it again.

Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH command.

Don’t forget to restart your terminal to have the new PATH included.

Solution no. 8:

This work for me:

sudo ln -fs "/Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/bin/code" /usr/local/bin/

Solution no. 9:

Here are the steps which I followed to make it working on MAC:

Install “Shell” extension from VSCode:

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Restart VSCode.

Press F1 when VSCode is opened.

Type “Shell” and select the following option:
Shell Command: Install ‘code’ command in PATH command

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That will give you the following message:
Shell command ‘code’ successfully installed in PATH.

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Running “which code” command will give you a proof the code command working now:
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Solution no. 10:

I foolishly deleted my /usr/local/bin/code symbolic link and did not know the correct path. A brew reinstall recreated it:

brew cask reinstall visual-studio-code

path turned out to be:

/usr/local/bin/code ->
'/Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/bin/code'

Hope this helps!