Author • Georgi Marokov

My favorite Visual Studio Code productivity extensions

  • Tools
  • Extensions
  • VSCode


As a developer you've probably already met Visual Studio Code - Microsoft's lightweight code editor. If you haven't, you definitely should try it.

Today I'm going to share my favorite extensions with a missing feature which I recently found - sharing extensions, themes and configuration. What happens if you step on a new machine? You have to customize all your key binding, download all your extensions and setup your theme preferences. And you probably want to sync that across all your devices - ask no more.
Before that I will share all my productivity extensions which help me get trough my work day. They are separated by categories.

C# extensions

Git extensions

  • Git History
    This extension gives you full feature Git client in the IDE. Search commits, merge and compare branches and more.
  • gitignore
    Remove files from source code tracking from the file context menu.
  • GitLens
    Track authors, dates directly in the file.

JavaScript extensions

  • TSLint
    Analysis tool that checks TypeScript code for readability, maintainability, and functionality errors.
  • Babel JavaScript
    Syntax highlighting for today's JavaScript.
  • Npm IntelliSense
    You get npm modules autocomplete in import statements.
  • ESLint
    Linting utility for JavaScript and JSX.
  • Debugger for Chrome
    Debug your JS app directly in the browser.

Utilities extensions

  • REST client 
    Allows you to send HTTP request and review responses.

  • Docker
    Adds syntax highlighting, commands, hover tips, and linting for Dockerfile and docker-compose files.

  • Path IntelliSense
    Plugin that auto completes filenames.

  • Auto Close Tag
    Automatically add HTML/XML close tag, same as Visual Studio IDE or Sublime Text does.

  • VS Live Share
    Real-time collaborative development.

  • Auto Rename Tag
    Auto rename paired HTML/XML tag.

  • VSCode great icons
    File specific icons for improved visual grepping.

  • SQLTools
    Execute queries, auto complete, bookmarks etc.

  • PHP IntelliSense
    Advanced PHP IntelliSense.

  • IntelliCode for VS
    A set of capabilities that provide AI-assisted development. Still in preview, but worth trying.


  • Cobalt2 theme
    Using Cobalt2 theme feels so good. In addition it's considered the best theme for your eye balls.

  • Settings sync
    This is the missing peace of the puzzle. There isn't default support of VS Code for this type of synchronization.  This extension will save all your custom settings, themes and extensions. Whatever you switch PCs or just start  with new one, setup is as quick as 5 minutes and you have your favorite extensions and settings synced. Reallyyy cool.


I hope you find the list useful. Will try to keep it up to date. If you find any interesting extensions worth mention don't hesitate to drop me a comment.