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VSCodium is a build of Visual Studio Code without the proprietary bits that are included in the official distribution. See https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium#readme for more background.



environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [ vscodium ];

Extensions can be managed using the 'vscode-with-extensions' package:

environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [
  (vscode-with-extensions.override {
    vscode = vscodium;
    vscodeExtensions = with vscode-extensions; [
    ] ++ pkgs.vscode-utils.extensionsFromVscodeMarketplace [
        name = "remote-ssh-edit";
        publisher = "ms-vscode-remote";
        version = "0.47.2";
        sha256 = "1hp6gjh4xp2m1xlm1jsdzxw9d8frkiidhph6nvl24d0h8z34w49g";

Some examples here: GitHub search for "extensionFromVscodeMarketplace"

It's also possible to install VSCodium via Home Manager:

programs.vscode = {
  enable = true;
  package = pkgs.vscodium;
  extensions = with pkgs.vscode-extensions; [

Please note that some Visual Studio Code extensions have licenses that restrict their use to the official Visual Studio Code builds and therefore do not work with VSCodium. See this note on the VSCodium docs page for what's been found so far and possible workarounds. In particular, remote-ssh does not work yet with VSCodium.


$ nix-env -iA nixos.vscodium

Use VS Code extensions without additional configuration

With the package vscodium.fhs, the editor launches inside a FHS compliant chroot environment using buildFHSUserEnv. This reintroduces directories such as /bin, /lib, and /usr, which allows for extensions which ship pre-compiled binaries to work with little to no additional nixification.

Note: From a philosophical view, use of buildFHSUserEnv allows for ease-of-use at the cost of some impurity and non-reproducibility. If you prioritize purely-declarative configurations, please stay with the above guidance.

Example usage:

environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [ vscodium.fhs ];


programs.vscode = {
  enable = true;
  package = pkgs.vscodium.fhs;

Adding extension-specific dependencies, these will be added to the FHS environment:

# needed for rust lang server extension
programs.vscode.package = pkgs.vscodium.fhsWithPackages (ps: with ps; [ rustup zlib ]);