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Hollywood for Visual Studio Code (hw4vsc)

DISCLAIMER: This is not an official product by Airsoft Softwair.

This extension adds support for Hollywood version 8 to Visual Studio Code (Windows, macOS, Linux). Hollywood is a multimedia-oriented programming language designed to create applications and games and is available for AmigaOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. Hollywood (and therefore this extension) is capable of compiling to the following target plattforms:

  • AmigaOS
  • Android
  • AROS
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • MophOS
  • WarpOS
  • Windows

Example of this extension (Dark Theme)

In order to make use of the extension you need to buy a copy of Hollywood here:

More information about Hollywood is available here:

You can find the Hollywood documentation here:

NOTICE: The version number of this plugin correspondes with the version number of Hollywood. Therefore the first release version of this extension is 8.0.0.

Table of Contents


First of all you can use the great inbuilt editing features of Visual Studio Code like Multi-Cursor, easy code editing (like line cloning, deletion, and swapping), bracket matching and so forth. Please consult the Visual Studio Code documentation for more infos.

Additionally this extension supports:


There are several ways to install this extension:

  1. Install and open Visual Studio Code.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+X or Cmd+Shift+X to open the Extensions pane or click on the corresponding button in the side bar.
  3. Find the Hollywood extension (look for "Hollywood MAL") and click Install.

Alternatively you can use this direct link:


  1. Download the latest release in the form of a .vsix file in this extensions GitHub releases tab
  2. Open a command prompt (like cmd or PowerShell on Windows), navigate to the downloaded extension and enter code --install-extension hollywood-mal-8.0.0.vsix, where hollywood-mal-8.0.0.vsix has to be the name of the downloaded file.


Download/check out the content of the GitHub repo and copy it to your extension folder:

  • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\.vscode\extensions
  • macOS: ~/.vscode/extensions
  • Linux: ~/.vscode/extensions


Open User or Wokspace Settings by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P and enter settings or open the extension pane, click the manage icon on the Hollywood extension and select Extension Settings. Please consult the docs for creating User and Workspace settings

Path to Hollywood executeable

Setting: hollywood.exePath

Normally this should be a User Setting (and not a Workspace Setting), so the executeable is defined globally for all your Hollywood projects.

Configuration of hollywood.exePath in Settings

Example in settings.json: "hollywood.exePath": "C:\Program Files\Hollywood\Hollywood.exe"

Now open a .hws file. The extension is activated now.

Define main file

Setting: hollywood.mainFile

Whether your Hollywood project consists of one or more files, you should define the main Hollwood file of your project. This will help you compiling and running your project via Tasks (see below).

This is a setting that should be defined as a Workspace Setting (so create a Worspace first if you haven't down it yet (File -> Save Workspace as ...)).

Configuration of hollywood.mainFile in Settings

Example in YOUR_PROJECT.code-workspace: "hollywood.mainFile": "mainApp.hws"

Define standard executable output format

Setting: hollywood.outputExeType

This setting specifies the output format of the executable that the Hollywood compiler shall create.

The best approach is to define this in the user settings (so it is defined globally for all your projects) and override it in workspace settings if needed, so you can have different output formats for different workspaces/projects.

Configuration of hollywood.outputExeType in Settings

Example in YOUR_PROJECT.code-workspace: "hollywood.outputExeType": "classic"

In order to define multiple targets, e.g. win64|classic|morphos, you have to create a separate Task (see description below or have a look for the example file.

For a complete list of all output formats check the -exetype console argument under

Run and compile

You have to create Tasks in Visual Studio Code in order to run or compile a Hollywood file/project. For a deeper dive into Tasks it is recommended to read the official Visual Studio Code documentation for Tasks.

Create Tasks

For every project you have to create the task definitions. There are two ways to achieve this:

  1. Create a new tasks.json file
    1. Press Ctrl+Shift+X or Cmd+Shift+X and enter Configure Task
    2. Select Create tasks.json file from template
    3. Select Others
    4. The freshly created tasks.json file is opened in Visual Studio Code. For later reference: This file is created in the .vscode folder of your project/workspace.
    5. Add new tasks or copy tasks from the example file.
  2. Clone an exisiting tasks.json file
    1. Look for an exisiting tasks.json file in .vscode folder of another Hollywood project or download the example file to your .vscode folder.
    2. Open the file and edit those defined tasks or add new ones.

Configure Tasks

Several working tasks are shown in the example file, so be sure to consult the file.

A minimal task confguration consists of 3 or 4 properties.

  1. "label": This is the label you will see in the task list when you run a task.
  2. "type": Defines whether the task is run as a process or as a command inside a shell. Normally you set it to "shell".
  3. "group": Defines to which execution group this task belongs. This is optional, but if you want to define a standard task (like building or running your project) which is easily accessable by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B you have to define such a group (see the example file).
  4. "command": This is the actual command that is executed. Besides inbuilt Visual Studio code variables like ${workspaceFolder} and ${file} you can use the following extension specific variables:
    1. ${config:hollywood.exePath}: The configured path to your Hollywood executeable
    2. ${config:hollywood.mainFile}: The configured main project file
    3. ${config:hollywood.outputExeTypes}: The configured standard output exe format

This is a complete example of a task definition:

    "label": "Run Hollywood Main script",
    "type": "shell",
    "command": "${config:hollywood.exePath}",
    "group": {
        "kind": "build",
        "isDefault": true

Run a Task

If you have set default task simple press Ctrl+Shift+B to run that specific task.

For all other tasks you have to follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+P to show the Command Palette
  2. Enter Run Task
  3. Pick the task you want to run
  4. Select Continue without scanning the task output or Never scan the task output for this task if you want to ignore this message in the future

Task picker

Code Snippets

You can use code snippets to quickly generate code patterns you regularly need, like function definitions, loops and so on. Please have a look at the Snippets section for a list of all supported snippets.

Dark and Light Theme

Dark Theme

Dark Theme

Light Theme

Light Theme

There are two ways to activate or switch the theme:

  1. Via Extension Pane
    1. Go to the Extension pane and look for the Hollywood extension
    2. Click on the Manage icon and chosse Set Color Theme
    3. Now select Hollywood (Dark) or Hollywood (Light)
  2. Via Command Palette
    1. Press Ctrl+Shift+P to show the Command Palette
    2. Enter Color Theme
    3. Pick Hollywood (Dark) or Hollywood (Light) from the list


If this extension is helpful to you and you want to support me feel to buy me a coffee or send a tip via PayPal.

If you find a bug and want to see a feature added, please fill an Issue on the GitHub page. I try my best to improve this extension.

TODOs / Future

This extension is far from complete or bug free. The overall goalis : Provide nearly the same feature subset as the official Hollywood IDE for Windows and hw4cubic for Amiga.

This includes and adds:

  • Code Completion, also for # and @
  • more snippets
  • Commands (Contribution point)
  • Menus (Contribution point)
  • Help (press F1 or similar and help file gets loaded with word under cursor)
  • Quick Help
  • Function detection and listing (Strg + P, AltGr + q)
  • ...
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