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VS Code's Secret Snippets

robole profile image Rob OLeary Originally published at roboleary.net Updated on ・2 min read

Did you know that VS Code has built-in snippets for lots of languages?

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They are not documented in the VS Code docs.

There is no way to browse them inside VS Code.

How can you find them?

It's awkward to track them down yourself!

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This spurred me to write an extension called Snippets Ranger to give a nice UI to explore all available snippets easily.

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Snippets can be defined in a number of different places. They can be added by:

  • Creating a global snippets file, a workspace snippets file, or a language-specific file; user snippets
  • Installing extensions found in the "Snippets" category in the Visual Studio Marketplace;
  • Installing some of the Programming Language extensions, which often have hidden snippets cargo e.g. Python;
  • the VS Code team to the built-in language extensions.

Keeping track of them is not possible by yourself.

How do I find the built-in snippets myself?

If you want to track down the source files yourself, they live inside each individual language extension directory. The file for each language is located at «app root»\resources\app\extensions\«language»\snippets\«language».code-snippets on Windows. The location is similar for Mac and Linux.

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