Supercharge Your SSH with VS Code

Oct 29, 2023 • 3 mins

Have you ever wished you could use the full feature set of Visual Studio Code (VS Code) while connecting to remote servers via SSH? If you're a developer or sysadmin, you'll appreciate the productivity boost this can bring. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process of setting up VS Code as your primary SSH tool for both work and home use. Let's dive in!


VS Code is renowned for its versatility and has extensions for all types of development activities. This guide will show you how to harness its power as an SSH client, giving you a seamless development experience on remote servers.

What is VS Code?

Before we get started, let's quickly clarify what VS Code is. Visual Studio Code, often referred to as VS Code, is a free, open-source code editor developed by Microsoft. It's widely used in the software development industry and is known for its robust features and extensibility.

What is SSH?

SSH stands for Secure Shell, and it's a network protocol used for secure data communication, remote command-line access, and other network services. It's a fundamental tool for connecting to remote servers securely.

Official VS Code Tutorial

For a detailed, step-by-step guide on setting up VS Code as your primary SSH tool, please visit the official VS Code tutorial.

In a Nutshell

In a nutshell, here's a brief overview of what you'll find in the official tutorial:

  • Installing the required VS Code packages on the SSH box.
  • Installing the Remote Developer extension on your local machine's VS Code.
  • Setting up your SSH config file for VS Code for easy reconnection.
  • (Optional) Creating an SSH key for effortless logins.

By enabling VS Code's ssh capabilities you can centralise the tool you use for development. Happy coding!