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Setup VSCode

Install Visual Studio Code

Follow the steps in:

# Install the keys and repository
sudo apt-get install wget gpg
wget -qO- | gpg --dearmor >
sudo install -D -o root -g root -m 644 /etc/apt/keyrings/
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64,arm64,armhf signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'
rm -f

# Then update the package cache and install the package using:
sudo apt install apt-transport-https
sudo apt update
sudo apt install code

Install the Dotnet SDK

Follow the steps in:

# Get Ubuntu version
declare repo_version=$(if command -v lsb_release &> /dev/null; then lsb_release -r -s; else grep -oP '(?<=^VERSION_ID=).+' /etc/os-release | tr -d '"'; fi)

# Download Microsoft signing key and repository
wget$repo_version/packages-microsoft-prod.deb -O packages-microsoft-prod.deb

# Install Microsoft signing key and repository
sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb

# Clean up
rm packages-microsoft-prod.deb

# Update packages
sudo apt update

sudo apt install dotnet-sdk-8.0

Install the extensions

Follow the steps in:

Launch VS Code Quick Open (Ctrl+P), paste the following command, and press enter. - ext install ms-dotnettools.csdevkit Repeat for: - ext install VisualStudioToolsForUnity.vstuc - ext install ms-dotnettools.csharp

Configure the Unity

  • Open up the Unity Editor
  • Edit -> Preferences -> External Tools -> External Script Editor
  • Select Visual Studio Code
  • If it's not there, click Browse and navigate and select /usr/bin/code

It should all be configured now. You can either open up a script by double clicking in the Project window in Unity or by opening up the project in VS Code: - Assets -> Open C# Project

Syntax highlighting and CTRL-click navigation should work out of the box.

For more advanced features such as debugging, check the Unity Development with VS Code Documentation.

Additional notes

In the AWSIM project, the package Visual Studio Editor is already installed to satisfy the requirement from the Unity for Visual Studio Code extension.