Microsoft Visual Studio Code Editor Official Build Latest Version Available For Download And Install On Linux Armv7 and Arm64 Devices

Microsoft has offered an official build of the popular Visual Studio Code Editor for the devices which run on Linux Armv7 and Arm64. This essentially widens the cross-platform operability of the code editor to Chromebooks, the Raspberry Pi, and even ARM-based single-board Linux computers such as the Odroid series. There were several unofficial builds, but the official support from Microsoft lends authenticity and assurance of support as well.

Developers and coders have long been using Visual Studio Code editor on unsupported platforms such as Linux distributions, and Armv7 and Arm64 hardware. The most popular platforms included Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi. However, these VS Code Editors were developed by third-party communities. Although based on the open-source edition of VS Code, the platform wasn’t officially supported. Now developers have access to an official and authentic build of VS Code Editor directly from Microsoft which can reliably run on multiple Linux Distros as well as the AMR-based hardware.

Microsoft Offers Lightweight VS Code Editor For Raspberry Pi And Chromebooks Which Can Be Coupled With Remote Dev Packs

The majority of single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi as well previous iterations of Chromebooks are certainly not well equipped to support the entire Visual Studio Code Editor and run the same efficiently. However, Microsoft assures that the VS Code’s remote development extension pack can provide access to more powerful development environments when needed.

The remote development extension pack has extensions that allow developers to run commands inside a container. The most obvious platform is the Windows Subsystem for Linux or even on a remote machine. The latest version of the Visual Studio Code Editor is v1.50, and it primarily supports Linux, Armv7, and Arm64 devices. This means the VS Code Editor will now be officially supported on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux distributions. In other words, besides Microsoft’s own OS and Apple’s macOS, developers can get VS Code Editor for Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, and SUSE directly from Microsoft.

September 2020 Release Of Visual Code Editor Bring Several New Features And Improvements:

The latest release of the VS Code Editor introduces debug console filter improvements. This should make it easier to find or hide logging output according to the developer’s needs. There are new JavaScript debugging features such as the Auto Attach modes which will be helpful during controlling when “debugging Node.js processes occur in VS Code’s integrated terminal” have evolved beyond the experimental phase.

Microsoft has also offered the ‘flame chart’ VS Code extension which shows, in real-time, performance metrics while debugging JavaScript code. Some of the important metrics include CPU and memory usages for Node.js programs. Meanwhile debugging in Chrome and Edge will also show DOM nodes, relayouts, and restyles.

The September 2020 release of the VS Code Editor also brings visual improvements to pinned tabs via a new workbench setting. The new setting allows users to choose between “normal”, “shrink”, and “compact” to resize pinned tabs. The shrink option shrinks pinned tabs to a fixed size showing parts of the editor label.

Microsoft has also added Webview Views support, which allows extension makers to build webview-based views. These can be added to the sidebar or panel of VS Code. Apart from the improvements, there are a few new extensions as well. They include Microsoft C/C++ extension which now packs IntelliSense auto-complete, as well as remote build and debug support, and obviously supports Linux on Arm and Arm64.


Alap Naik Desai

A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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