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Top 10 Visual Studio Code extensions you need to install

I'm making a big guess here, but you are using Visual Studio Code right?
It's an amazing Microsoft product (ahem: only one...) and we all love it. What makes it even better is the number of extensions for it.

In this article, we will be walking through ten unique extensions you need to install to make your life easier.

1. Tailwind CSS IntelliSense

Tailwind CSS IntelliSense

IntelliSense extensions are excellent in general. They enhance development by auto-completing things for you.
This one is specifically built for Tailwind, and if you are using Tailwind, you cannot live without this one!

Install Tailwind CSS IntelliSense

2. TabNine


This extension is amazing, I've only got to know it very recently, but it's like steroids for Visual Studio Code.
It can auto-complete almost anything!

It understands whatever you are typing, code, normal sentences, or whatever and auto-suggests for you.

Install TabNine

3. Auto Import

Auto import

Auto import scripts are a live saver. This one works for Typescript and TSX.
It will auto-import whatever you start typing, and if you ever worked on Typescript you know why you need this!

Install Auto Import

4. Browser Preview

Browser Preview

This is such a cool extension! It gives you a real browser inside Visual Studio that you can debug.
The amount of times I've used this plugin is insane.
It's based on a headless Chrome and has good security.

Install browser preview

5. Live Sass Compiler

Live Sass Compiler

This plugin will compile your SASS/SCSS files in realtime and even comes with a browser reload.
It's super easy to setup, and you only have to click the watch sass button to run it.
Live couldn't be easier to start developing SCSS!

Install Sass Compiler

6. Prettier - Code formatter


This is a super cool code formatter. Prettier will make your code look beautiful and uniform. It works for many languages, which is amazing.
The cool part about this one is that you can even make your own rules to fit your needs.

Install Prettier

7. Better Comments

Better Comments

The title says all, who doesn't want better comments?
This extension will help you create more human-friendly comments. It supports annotations, which is very helpful to showcase the perfect comment.
Get your new habit started with Better Comments!

Install Better Comments

8. Live Server

Live Server

Live server is an amazing feature. I have a lot of demo HTML files for instance and sometimes just want to preview them.
A simple spool up from live server and we are ready to go.

Install Live Server

9. Dracula Theme


Sometimes extensions are not about being helpful in a literal sense, but help us by being visually appealing.
Dracula is the best theme ever, if you haven't given it a try, do it now. You won't regret it.

Install Dracula

10. Bracket Pair Colorizer

Bracket Pair Colorizer

This plugin is amazing. It will colorize matching brackets. If you write large systems, this can become very tedious to see which bracket closes which function.
This extension saves you by showcasing special colors for each pair.

Install Bracket Pair Colorizer

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Top comments (15)

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Rob OLeary

Hi Chris,

I might give Tab Nine a go!

VS Code has native auto-import settings, you may not need the auto-import extension. You can check out the article below for the details.

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Chris Bongers

Hey Rob,

Nice article, I do find it doesn't import everything, might have been updated now.
But for instance Typescript it didn't auto import before.

But VSC keeps adding the best plugins native so they're going so fast, hard to keep up haha.

Thanks for adding this though!

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Madza • Edited

Fire list man πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Finally I've came across extension with browser preview (all-in-one-screen), I preferred to code all the front-end in Codepen or CodeSandbox before for that reason. Will try it out πŸ‘
Also, TabNine seems to be so intuitive πŸ’―

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Chris Bongers

Hey man, yeah indeed the browser preview is amazing πŸ”₯
As for TabNine, I only found this recently, installed it, and loving it! 🀟

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Corentin Girard

I tried TabNine for some weeks and I thought it was great.

But I found out that I was always double checking that what the extension guessed was actually what I wanted.

Although I was amazed the 75% of the time it guessed exactly what I wanted to write, I still needed to choose the good guess.

It's like you are not coding but watching someone learn how to code for you...

So in the end, I find it quite counterproductive. I prefer having a clean autosuggestion list and be sure I can trust every item of it.

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Chris Bongers

Hmm, i see what you are saying, the actual intelisense for each language are way easier for sure.

I'm just blown away so far, by how good it works on actual writings.
Do see how it can become counter productive.

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Lakshya Singh

Tab nine is really heavy man ☹️ you can't run vscode and browser at the same time the system hangs

Ps: 8 gb ram and i7 H

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Chris Bongers

Ah darn sorry to here, It's been working on my macbook fine, but I've read more people complain about it.
Such a shame, because it's wonderful to use.

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Lakshya Singh

Yeah it just makes it so quick to write code

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Tabnine seems amazing

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Chris Bongers

Its bizarre! Some people do mention it being very heavy and a bit distracting.
For me it works perfect

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Sattwik Sahu

But TabNine requires you to install Tensorflow. I got an old machine that has the C++ Redistributable corrupt πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so I can't use it. Rest of the plugins are dope πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

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Chris Bongers

You don't need tensorflow, unless it's pre installed on a mac.

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Camilo Martinez • Edited

Bracket Pair Colorizer has a new version from the same author with breaking changes.

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Chris Bongers

Hi Camilo,

Thanks! Wasn't aware it was released already! thank you for the addition! 🀟