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Create VSCode Extensions with python

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Create vscode extensions and color themes with python.


Stable version:

pip install vscode-ext

Why use this?

Why should you use this for building VScode extensions when you can use typescript? Here are some reasons:

  • vscode-ext builds the package.json for you! No need to switch between your and package.json in order to add commands. It also handles adding Activity Bars, Keybinds and Views.
  • vscode-ext provides a more pythonic way of creating the extension. Python also has some powerful modules that Javascript doesn't and you can include these with vscode-ext
  • vscode-ext extensions work perfectly with vsce and you can publish your extensions just like you would publish any other extension.

Example Extension

import vscode

ext = vscode.Extension(name = "testpy", display_name = "Test Py", version = "0.0.1")

def on_activate():
    return f"The Extension '{}' has started"

def hello_world():
    vscode.window.show_info_message(f'Hello World from {}')

def ask_question():
    res = vscode.window.show_info_message('How are you?', 'Great', 'Meh')
    if res == "Great":
        vscode.window.show_info_message('Woah nice!!')
    elif res == "Meh":
        vscode.window.show_info_message('Sorry to hear that :(')


Step 1

Create a python file inside a folder.


Step 2

Write the code for your extension. For this tutorial we have used the Example Extension


Step 3

Run the python file. It will build the files.

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Step 4

Press F5. This will run the extension and open a new vscode window in development mode.

Step 5

Finally, test your command.

  • Open the command palette with Ctrl+P in the development window.


  • Type >Hello World


  • It should show a popup like this in the bottom right corner


Color Theme Example

import vscode

theme = vscode.ColorTheme(name='my-theme', display_name='My Theme', version='0.0.1')
    accent_colors=['#399EF4', '#DA6771', '#4EB071', '#FFF099']

Extensions built using vscode-ext

Here's a list of some extensions built using vscode-ext. If you'd like to include your extension here feel free to create a PR.


The docs are coming soon! In the meantime you can look at the examples in order to learn how vscode-ext works and what it offers!

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