Visual Studio Code for C++ development on MacOS

2018-12-18 / Programing / C++
  1. 1. Setup Visual Studio Code for C++ development
  2. 2. Common usage

I've tried lot's of c++ IDEs on MacOS X, but none of them is as powerful as VS Studio on Windows. It's always hard for me to choose an IDE before I want to write some code, as it's called the Selection phobia. Generally we have the following choose:

  • Vim/Emacs (I'm familiar with VIM but it's still not an easy way, for me)
  • CodeBlocks (not good maintained on MacOS)
  • CodeLite (it's a good choose!)
  • XCode (I just don't like it, Heavy and ugly, can't get used to it)
  • QT Creator (it's useful especially when developing Qt projects)
  • Eclipse CDT
  • NetBeans
  • CLion (maybe the best c++ IDE on MaxOS, unfortunately does not have a free version)
  • Textmate

Recently I tried Visual Studio Code, it's really a good choose for those who want to write some c++ code in a lightweight IDE.

1. Setup Visual Studio Code for C++ development

First we have to install Visual Studio Code, and a few extensions:

  • C/C++
  • Easy C++ projects

After installed those extensions, reload the editor to activate them. Now we can create a project:

  • Choose File > Open folder to open a work directory
  • Press F1 and type "c++", then select "Create new C++ project" command.

After the above steps a new project with Makefile is generated.

2. Common usage

To debug or run the project, just click the button on the bottom status bar, it's easy:

visual code studio snapshot

to run other commands, you could just press F1 and guess, for example, to format the code, just search "format" and then you got a choice.