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Installing A New Font for VS Code - In THREE(3) Simple Steps

Most beginner developers like me at one point or the other, get tired of their default vs-code font. In fact, I just changed mine a few days back and I thought documenting the process will be a great idea for others that would like to follow suit and don't know how to get around it.

Step one (download the font)

A great resource to get free and really good fonts is Google Fonts. Although there are other great fonts out there, I recommend downloading the Fira Code font, because its one of the most preferred font by developers and also because its my personal favorite for now .

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Click on download family button and a zip file should be downloaded on your PC.

Step two (installing the font)

Navigate into the newly downloaded font zip file and you should have a screen like this.

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Click install and now you have the font installed on your PC

Step three (using font in VS CODE)

In your VS code editor Go to File > Preferences > settings and search font.

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Insert the name of the newly downloaded font("Fira Code") before other default fonts and voila!! you have successfully installed a new font for your vscode editor ...

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wait a moment.... another thing to note is that, you might need to restart your PC before the changes take effect


you might want to enable font ligatures also, it also makes font look great...


The default vscode font is not bad, but changing your font can make you feel more at home in your code editor and even increase the excitement to code. Happy Coding!!

Discussion (8)

_dehbie profile image

Nice! Easy to understand

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Katrina Dierking

I have fonts installed on my PC and followed these steps but VSCode can't find them.

quantme profile image

In the case of some fonts it's hard to know what name it must be typed; in my case (Windows) the setting that works in settings.json file is wrapping the font name in single quotation marks:

  "editor.fontFamily": "'Fira Code', 'Fira Code Retina', 'Fira Code Light', 'Courier New', monospace"
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Ammar Sherif Mohammed

you should restart vs code

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Amit Patel
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Nguyen • Edited on

Thanks so much mate! It's so helpful! It just works right straight away!

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Ahamed Sajeeth


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It's very go well :)