Package Details: visual-studio-code-bin 1.40.2-1

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Package Base: visual-studio-code-bin
Description: Visual Studio Code (vscode): Editor for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications (official binary version)
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Licenses: custom: commercial
Conflicts: code
Provides: code
Submitter: dcelasun
Maintainer: dcelasun
Last Packager: dcelasun
Votes: 868
Popularity: 12.80
First Submitted: 2017-12-18 19:14
Last Updated: 2019-11-26 08:17

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dcelasun commented on 2017-11-15 06:20

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (read before flagging or commenting!)

  • What is the difference between this package and the one in the community repo?

This is the official binary distribution from Microsoft. The one in the community repo is an unofficial build made from source. Beyond the license difference and branding, there are some proprietary features not available in the open source version.

  • There is a new version out, why is the package not updated?

Please check this page before flagging as out-of-date. If there is no new version on that page, it's not yet released. A tag on Github is NOT a release! If you can see the new version on the updates page but the AUR package is still not updated, flag it and give it time. It's usually done within a day or two.

  • I'm using an AUR helper (yay, yaourt etc.) and I can't install it. Why?

Sometimes AUR helpers do weird things. Download the tarball and install it manually with makepkg -si. If that works, report the problem to your AUR helper's upstream, not here.

  • When I install this package xdg-open uses vscode, not my file manager! How do I fix this?

Install shared-mime-info-gnome. Also see this reddit thread.

  • Why is $X a dependency? I don't like it.

Just because $X is not required to open the app, doesn't mean there is nothing that depends on it. Always search the comment history on AUR to see if that dependency has been previously discussed before writing your own comment. Still nothing? Then use namcap to make sure it's really not needed. If namcap doesn't complain, please leave a comment here and I'll investigate.

  • Something is broken with the app, where do I report it?

The problem might be a packaging issue (wrong paths, dependencies, icons etc), so please write a comment here first. If you don't get a reply, or if someone says it's an upstream issue, you can report it on Github.

  • I have a problem with this package, can I email you?

No, you won't get a reply. Please stop doing this. Leave a comment here instead and be patient.

  • What happened to visual-studio-code?

It got renamed with a -bin suffix. If you have the original package installed, you will be prompted to delete it when you install this package for the first time.

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dcelasun commented on 2019-10-07 07:29

@akiirui, which is in the base-devel group which is assumed to be installed by all AUR packages.

rsplayer commented on 2019-09-28 13:03

There is somrthing that wasn't noted in arch wiki is that the "code" default Community repo can't run bash profile commands. When I installed NVM and then installed nodejs with it, node and npm commands can't be run in tasks.json or launch.json, you can only run those commands in integrated terminal. Although, this official visual code build runs those commands in tasks and launch.json without problems.

If you use NVM, flutter... I recommend you to use this package.

electricprism commented on 2019-09-17 18:43

Seems like more people should know this bin package tracks their telemetry and sends it back to Microsoft.

To remove that caveat people should us vscodium-bin

Just learned this myself and am switching away.

dcelasun commented on 2019-08-29 12:45

@brainplot thanks for letting me know. Looks like Electron has already set the default to gio, so I've replaced gvfs dependency with glib2 (which provides gio). Anyone wishing to use other thrash implementations can set ELECTRON_THRASH environment variable as described in the wiki.

brainplot commented on 2019-08-29 12:20

The gvfs optional dependency should be removed. As per the wiki (, Electron doesn't necessarily need gvfs to move files to the Trash. An environment variable needs to be set to tell Electron which program to use.

dcelasun commented on 2019-08-03 20:11

@dehein binutils is in the base-devel group which is mandatory for installing AUR packages. Quoting from the wiki:

Packages in the AUR assume that the base-devel group is installed, i.e. they do not list the group's members as dependencies explicitly.

dehein commented on 2019-08-03 20:03

Please add binutils as dependency

atoms commented on 2019-07-04 13:28

if you want to use docker plugin on kde you need to install gnome-keyring, i suppose it should be also added to dependencies. as it cannot save secrets without it.

dcelasun commented on 2019-07-03 19:28

I've just pushed 1.36.0 with Electron 4, which doesn't support 32 bit Linux so I've removed it from this package as well. Users on 32 bit systems should stay on the previous version.

dcelasun commented on 2019-06-19 20:59

I'm on Gnome as well and I don't have this behaviour you are describing. Still, see this reddit thread for a solution.

By the way, this is upstream behaviour, not something specific to the Arch package.

EDIT: I've updated the stickied FAQ with this information.