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Add a command to Finder services in Mac OSX to open a folder in VS Code
- Open Automator
- File -> New -> Service
- Change "Service Receives" to "files or folders" in "Finder"
- Add a "Run Shell Script" action
- Change "Pass input" to "as arguments"
- Paste the following in the shell script box: open -n -b "com.microsoft.VSCode" --args "$*"
- Save it as something like "Open in Visual Studio Code"
@jaekookang
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jaekookang commented Jan 25, 2020

This looks super amazing. Thanks!

@JibranYousuf
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JibranYousuf commented Feb 24, 2020

For Mojave, use the following steps

  1. Open Automator
  2. File > New
  3. Select Quick Action
  4. Click Choose
  5. Select "Workflow receives current files or folders in Finder"
  6. From the left hand side pane in Automator, drag-drop Library > Utilities > Run Shell Script into the right hand pane
  7. Ensure Pass input is set to "as arguments"
  8. Then paste the below text:

for f in "$@"
do
open -n -b "com.microsoft.VSCode" --args "$f"
done

  1. Click File > Save
  2. Give name as "Open in VS Code"
  3. Go to Finder, select a folder or files, right click > choose Quick Actions > Open In VS Code

Worked like a charm, thank you.

@M1kep
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M1kep commented May 11, 2020

Everybody, you can just go to applications and cmd+click VS Code's application onto the top bar, which will allow you to drag folders onto it to open them into VSCode. No automator necessary. This also works for iTerm2.

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Feel like this one got overlooked, but is by far the best approach IMO. Thanks @mattwaler

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rustamtm commented May 21, 2020

Everybody, you can just go to applications and cmd+click VS Code's application onto the top bar, which will allow you to drag folders onto it to open them into VSCode. No automator necessary. This also works for iTerm2.
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Feel like this one got overlooked, but is by far the best approach IMO. Thanks @mattwaler

Oh you are hero! Simple and powerful

@kenecottle
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kenecottle commented Sep 2, 2020

This is great, thanks for your help!

@merken
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merken commented Jan 12, 2021

Thanks for this!

Here's an update for Catalina, since Automator has changed a bit over time...

  • Open Automator
  • File -> New -> Quick Action
  • Change "Workflow Receives current" to "files or folders" in "Finder"
  • Add a "Run Shell Script" action
  • Change "Pass input" to "as arguments"
  • Paste the following in the shell script box: open -n -b "com.microsoft.VSCode" --args "$*"
  • Save it as something like "Open in Visual Studio Code"

After saving, it should be available on any folder in Finder under the menu Services

@aamnah
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aamnah commented Feb 26, 2021

updated for Big Sur (doesn't run a script, picks the app's icon) https://gist.github.com/aamnah/9b66ab2462e1b50358455dbd3c9c2f0f

@cybersasi
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cybersasi commented Apr 19, 2021

Thank you so much

@TugbaK0619
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TugbaK0619 commented Oct 28, 2021

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 8 45 19 PM

it dosen't work

@TugbaK0619
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TugbaK0619 commented Oct 28, 2021

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 8 46 47 PM

it dosen't work

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halataa commented Nov 7, 2021

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adeguntoro commented Jul 30, 2022

wow...thanks man, still works with Mojave.

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