GitHub's In-Built New Feature: Quickly Open Any Repository In Visual Studio Code

GitHub's In-Built New Feature: Quickly Open Any Repository In Visual Studio Code


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GitHub has added in-built support to easily open your repository in Visual Studio Code.

Previously, we either need to use octotree extension to browse files or use github1s to view in Visual Studio Code.

But github1s was opening just a read-only editor where you can't make any modifications to files.

Now, with GitHub's in-built support, you can quickly open any GitHub repository in Visual Studio Code and get the look and feels of it.

Almost all the features of Visual Studio Code you can explore in this feature.

How to Open Repository in Visual Studio Code

Just press . (dot) on your keyboard when browsing any GitHub repository and it will be opened in Visual Studio Code on the browser.

For example, Suppose, you're on Spotify Music Search App Repository and you press . (dot), then you'll be redirected to Visual Studio Code with your repository opened in it as shown below:

It's so cool ๐Ÿ˜.

Currently, you can't open a terminal to execute the code. But you get the full power and feel of Visual Studio Code and you can even edit the code.

For now, If you want to execute the code in the repository, you can replace the github with githubbox in your GitHub repository URL and it will open CodeSandbox where you can see your code and execute it.

For example, the URL will become after replacing github with githubbox.

To learn more about the Visual Studio Code Web editor, check out this link.

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