How to Use Cloud Shell in Visual Studio Code

As you may know, I am a huge fan of the Azure Cloud Shell. I use it often directly in the Azure Portal, on Microsoft Docs, in the Azure Mobile App or on A lot of times I am editing files and writing code and Azure (ARM) templates in Code and in that case I need to either use a local Azure PowerShell or Azure CLI installation or switch from Code back in the browser to use Cloud Shell. However, there is also a third option, which allows me to run Cloud Shell directly within Visual Studio Code.

To set up Cloud Shell in Code you need to do two things. First, you need to install nodeJS and the Azure Account extension.

Next, you can log in to Azure and open PowerShell or Bash in Cloud Shell:


  1. PressCTRL+SHIFT+P
  2. Sign in to Microsoft Azure, by typingAzure: Sign In
  3. Abrowser windowwill open to login to Azure
  4. PressCTRL+ SHIFT+P
  5. TypeOpen PowerShell in Cloud ShellorOpen Bash in Cloud Shell
  6. This will connect you directly to your Cloud Shell running in Azure.

I hope this gives you an overview of how you can run Cloud Shell directly in Visual Studio Code. If you have any questions, leave a comment.


This article was originally published by Microsoft's Azure Blog. You can find the original article here.