Here’s a straightforward guide on how to install, activate, and use the GitHub Copilot extension in Visual Studio Code (VSCode):
Installing and Using GitHub Copilot Extension in VSCode
Step 1: Open Visual Studio Code
Ensure that you have Visual Studio Code installed on your computer. If not, download and install it from code.visualstudio.com.
Step 2: Access Extensions View
Click on the Extensions icon in the Activity Bar on the side of VSCode or use the shortcut
Ctrl+Shift+X (Windows/Linux) or
Step 3: Search for GitHub Copilot
In the Extensions view search bar, type “GitHub Copilot” and press Enter.
Step 4: Install the Extension
Find the GitHub Copilot extension in the search results. Click the “Install” button to install the extension.
Step 5: Log in to Your GitHub Copilot Account
After installation, locate the Copilot icon on the left side of VSCode (it looks like a chat icon). Click on the icon. It will ask you to log in with your GitHub Copilot account.
Step 6: Start Coding with Copilot
With the Copilot chat window open, you’re ready to start coding:
- As you type, Copilot will provide suggestions for entire lines or blocks of code.
- Use the suggestions by accepting them with Enter or Tab.
Conclusion: Enhance Your Coding Experience
Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed and set up the GitHub Copilot extension in Visual Studio Code. Enjoy the benefits of this intelligent code completion tool as you write code more efficiently and creatively. Happy coding!