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C/C++ for Visual Studio Code


The C/C++ extension adds language support for C/C++ to Visual Studio Code, including editing (IntelliSense) and debugging features.


C++ is a compiled language meaning your program's source code must be translated (compiled) before it can be run on your computer. VS Code is first and foremost an editor, and relies on command-line tools to do much of the development workflow. The C/C++ extension does not include a C++ compiler or debugger. You will need to install these tools or use those already installed on your computer.

  • C++ compiler pre-installed
  • C++ debugger pre-installed

Here is a list of compilers and architectures per platform officially supported by the extension. These are reflected by the available IntelliSense modes from the extension's IntelliSense configuration. Note that support for other compilers may be limited.

Platform Compilers Architectures
Windows MSVC, Clang, GCC x64, x86, arm64, arm
Linux Clang, GCC x64, x86, arm64, arm
macOS Clang, GCC x64, x86, arm64

For more information about installing the required tools or setting up the extension, please follow the tutorials below.

Overview and tutorials

C/C++ extension tutorials per compiler and platform

Quick links

Questions and feedback

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Contributions are always welcome. Please see our contributing guide for more details.

Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

Data Collection

The software may collect information about you and your use of the software and send it to Microsoft. Microsoft may use this information to provide services and improve our products and services. You may turn off the telemetry via the same setting provided by Visual Studio Code: "telemetry.enableTelemetry". Our privacy statement is located here. You can learn more about data collection and use in the help documentation and our privacy statement. Your use of the software operates as your consent to these practices.


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