Installing VS Code for FRC


Offline Installer

We are currently investigating 2 known issues:

  • The installer may not launch on Windows 7. Install the NI Update Suite first to get the necessary .NET dependency. We are hoping to resolve this to allow development only computers.
  • The installer may throw a .NET error near the end of the install. This appears to prevent the Desktop icon from being installed and possibly some cleanup but the rest of the installation appears to complete.

Download the appropriate offline installer for your Windows installation (32 bit or 64 bit). If you're not sure, open the Control Panel -> System to check.

For Beta, these installers are found in the File Releases section of the Teamforge Beta project.

Double click on the installer to run it. If you see any Security warnings, click Run (Windows 7) or More Info->Run Anyway (Windows 8+)

Installation Type

Choose whether to install for All Users on the machine or the Current User. The All Users option requires Admin privileges, but installs in a way that is accessible to all user accounts, the Current User install is only accessible from the account it is installed from.

If you select All Users, you will need to accept the security prompt that appears.

Download VSCode

For licensing reasons, the installer cannot contain the VSCode installer bundled in. Click Select/Download VSCode to either Download the VSCode installer or select a pre-downloaded copy. If you intend to install on other machines without internet connections, after the download completes, you can click Open Downloaded File to be taken to the zip file on the file system to copy along with the Offline Installer.

Execute Install

Make sure all checkboxes are checked (unless you have already installed 2019 WPILib software on this machine and the software unchecked them automatically), then click Execute Install.

What's Installed?

The Offline Installer installs the following components:

  • Visual Studio Code - The supported IDE for 2019 robot code development. The offline installer sets up a separate copy of VSCode for WPILib development, even if you already have VSCode on your machine. This is done because some of the settings that make the WPILib setup work may break existing workflows if you use VSCode for other projects.
  • C++ Compiler - The toolchains for building C++ code for the roboRIO
  • Gradle - The specific version of Gradle used for building/deploying C++ or Java robot code
  • Java JDK/JRE - A specific version of the Java JDK/JRE that is used to build Java robot code and to run any of the Java based Tools (Dashboards, etc.). This exists side by side with any existing JDK installs and does not overwrite the JAVA_HOME variable
  • WPILib Tools - SmartDashboard, Shuffleboard, Robot Builder, Outline Viewer, Pathweaver
  • WPILib Dependencies - OpenCV, etc.
  • VSCode Extensions - Extensions for robot code development in VSCode

What's Installed - Continued

The Offline Installer also installs a Desktop Shortcut to the WPILib copy of VSCode and sets up a command shortcut so this copy of VSCode can be opened from the command line using the command "frccode2019"

Both of these reference the specific year as the WPIlib C++\Java tools will now support side-by-side installs of multiple environments from different seasons.


When the installer completes, you will now be able to open and use the WPILib version of VSCode. If you are using any 3rd party libraries, you will still need to install those separately before using them in robot code.

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