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WakaTime for Visual Studio Code

Build Status Visual Studio Marketplace Version Coding time tracker

Metrics, insights, and time tracking automatically generated from your programming activity.


  1. Press F1 or ⌘ + Shift + P and type install. Pick Extensions: Install Extension.

    type install

  2. Type wakatime and hit enter.

    type wakatime

  3. Restart Visual Studio Code.

  4. Enter your api key, then press enter.

    (If you’re not prompted, press F1 or ⌘ + Shift + P then type WakaTime API Key.)

  5. Use VSCode and your coding activity will be displayed on your WakaTime dashboard


Visit to see your coding activity.

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VS Code specific settings are available from ⌘ + Shift + P, then typing wakatime.

For example, to hide today's coding activity in your status bar:

Press ⌘ + Shift + P then set WakaTime: Status Bar Coding Activity to false.

Extension settings are stored in the INI file at $WAKATIME_HOME/.wakatime.cfg.

More information can be found from wakatime core.


  1. $WAKATIME_HOME defaults to $HOME
  2. To disable the extension at startup add disabled=true to your config, this operation can also be performed by pressing ⌘ + Shift + P and selecting WakaTime: Disable.


First, turn on debug mode:

  1. Press F1 or ⌘ + Shift + P
  2. Type > WakaTime: Debug, and press Enter.
  3. Select true, then press Enter.

Next, open your Developer Console to view logs and errors:

Help → Toggle Developer Tools

Errors outside the scope of vscode-wakatime go to $WAKATIME_HOME/.wakatime.log from wakatime-cli.

The How to Debug Plugins guide shows how to check when coding activity was last received from your editor using the Plugins Status Page.

Microsoft Windows Only: Using WakaTime behind a corporate proxy? Try enabling your Windows Root Certs inside VS Code with the win-ca extension: Press Ctrl + Shift + X, search for win-ca, press Install.

For more general troubleshooting info, see the wakatime-cli Troubleshooting Section.


Visual Studio Code plugin for automatic time tracking and metrics generated from your programming activity.





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