How to Setup Visual Studio Code for Salesforce Development

In the recent past we have observed that Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is picking up popularity among open source IDEs for code development across multiple programming languages. JavaScript based frameworks, Python based application development, Salesforce Apex Code development, HTML, CSS based Front End development and so on are the most popular choices working with VS Code. This powerful behavior of supporting multiple platforms resides in the ability to adopt Plugins & Extension Packs that supports most popular programming languages & frameworks, and I believe VS Code has does a brilliant job so far.
 
In this article we will look into detailed steps to setup Visual Studio Code as IDE for Salesforce code development. Here are the quick list of the components that we would working with in the steps below,
  1. Install & Configure Visual Studio Code
  2. Install & Configure Salesforce CLI
  3. Install & Configure Salesforce Extension Pack
  4. Create Test Salesforce Project
  5. Authorize Salesforce Org
We will discuss the individual configuration for each of the moving parts contributing to this setup in the upcoming steps,
 

Install & Configure Visual Studio Code

 
  • Click on “Download for Windows”
  • Save the setup file

  • Open the setup file by right click > Open. Please make sure you don’t use “Run as Administrator” option since VS Code cannot be installed with Admin privileges as suggested by following alert message.
  • Accept the License Terms and Click Next

  • Click Next

  • Click Next

  • Make sure “Add To Path” is checked and Click Next

  • Click Install

 
Wait till the setup completes the installation, which should be really a quick install
 
 
  • Click Finish & Launch VS Code to make sure installation works just fine
 
 

Install & Configure Salesforce CLI

 
  • Click “Download for Windows” depending on windows version you are running on
  • Save the CLI setup file
 
 
 
  • Open the setup file by right click > Open

  • Keep the defaults and Click Next

  • Keep the defaults and Click Install

 
Wait till setup completes the installation, which should be really a quick install
 
 
 
  •  Click Close to complete the installation
 

Install & Configure Salesforce Extension Pack

  • Launch VS Code
  • On the left most menu panel, Click Extensions Icon of press “Ctrl + Shift + X” & Search for “Salesforce Extension Pack”. Install Salesforce Extension Pack by clicking “Install” and wait till installation completes

 
  • Launch a new terminal by going to Terminal Menu > New Terminal or press “Ctrl + Shift + `”, we have to validate the installation of Salesforce CLI by typing “SFDX” in the new terminal. If we get the following similar outcome then we can ensure a successful installation.

 

Create Test Salesforce Project

  • Launch VS Code
  • Press “Ctrl + Shift + P” to see all available commands from all installed plugins & extensions
  • Search for “SFDX: Create Project with Manifest” and select it
  • Select project template as Standard or whatever suits you the best
  • Enter the desired name of the Project, whatever suits you
  • Select the folder location to save this project on the disk
 
And sure enough we will get our new Salesforce project created with the manifest file
 
 

Authorize Salesforce Org

  • Launch VS Code
  • Press “Ctrl + Shift + P” to see all available commands from all installed plugins & extensions
  • Search for “SFDX: Authorize an Org” and select it
  • Select for “Org Url” Template, I will go by project default for this demo
  • Enter the Org Alias to recognize you Org by alias, I have specified SFOrg as alias for this demo
 
This process with direct you to the Salesforce Login Page, where you can specified the login credential for your Org (no matter Prod or Sandbox). Enter your credentials
 
 
 
Once successfully login to the Salesforce Org. visit the VS Code again and sure enough we get the notifications to successfully authorize the Org.
 
 
 
 
 
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