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The Best VS Code Extensions For Vue Developers

Last Updated on Jan 6, 2021

Adding the right VS Code Extensions to Visual Studio can make your life as a developer so much easier.

They can help with formatting, scalability, enforcing best practices, and so automate so many of the forgettable tasks in our dev process. They can also just be fun extensions that make our code look prettier / easier to write.

As a Vue enthusiast, I’ve spent time looking for the best VS Code Extensions for Vue developers. Here are some of the ones that have made my life so much simpler.

Essential Extensions

Here are some of the plugins that I believe are essential for Vue development.

Volar

If you only download one VS Code extension from this list, it has to be Volar.

It provides Vue specific syntax highlighting, snippets for common snippets, and so much more that every Vue developer needs.

Volar adds high-performance tooling for Vue language support and comes ready to handle type checks!

Volar is very well maintained – it even comes with Vue 3 TypeScript support.

There’s not really too much else to say about Volar – just get it. It’ll make your development so much better.

Volar is made by Johnson Chu - so give him a follow!

If you have Vetur (the old Vue tooling) installed, make sure to disable it after installing Volar.

Check out Volar

ESLint Plugin Vue

Most developers are familiar with ESLint – one of the most popular linter tools that helps keep your code consistent with best practices and readable across large codebases.

Vue has its own ESLint Plugin to check the syntax of single file components. I think it’s one of the best tools for writing maintainable and scalable code.

There’s nothing worse than looking at some old code and not even knowing where to start debugging it.

No worries!

ESLint can help you stay organized, and with increasing support for Vue 3, you’ll be writing scalable Vue projects.

ESLint Plugin Vue

[Prettier](https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=esbenp.prettier-VS Code)

People often get ESLint and Prettier mixed up, but while ESLint is a linter, Prettier is a formatter.

This means that Prettier makes sure your code is all consistently formatted (semi-colons, trailing commas, indents, etc) but does not throw errors for code quality errors like ESLint (like no-unused-vars).

So if you want to enforce a strict formatting structure to your project, add VS Code and a prettierrc file to start declaring your rules!

[Prettier](https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=esbenp.prettier-VS Code){.mt-4.px-4.py-2.bg-green.text-white.rounded}

Quality of Life Extensions

The thing I like about Vue is you don't need tons of plugins to get up and running. The rest of this list is entirely optional based on your preferences.

CoPilot

GitHub Pilot gives you suggestions for code from an AI model that has analyzed billions of lines of publice code.

I was skeptical of CoPilot at first, but it has been suprisingly useful for writing simple helper functions. It's able to pick up well on Vue 3's .value syntax and saves a bunch of time writing redundant conditionals.

Try CoPilot

GitLens

GitLens by GitKraken "supercharges Git inside VS Code". It brings several features:

  • visual file history view
  • inline blame with links to each commit
  • Git CodeLens and more...

GitLens Current Line Blame

While this is essential when you're working in teams, I use it in personal projects as well. Knowing when I wrote a line and being able to quickly access the specific commit helps provide context as to why I wrote a certain line or what functionality it's tied to.

Try GitLens

Some VS Code Settings

Active Indent Highlights

Especially working with larger templates, it can get hard to track which divs are matching. While there are many bracket pair colorizers - I prefer having my theme handle all the coloring.

A subtle way to get all the functionality is by changing the color of the indent stroke.

This will create a more clearly defined line between the opening and closing tags of your DOM element, conditional statement, and anything else that causes different indent levels.

I like having the active section have a light color that stands out, without being distracting.

To get this, we have to change some of our VS Code settings by cmd + p > Preferences: Open Settings (JSON)

settings.json
{  "workbench.colorCustomizations": {    "tree.indentGuidesStroke": "#f8f8f2",    "editorIndentGuide.activeBackground": "#f8f8f2",    "editorIndentGuide.background": "#44475a"  }}

Conclusion

Overall, there are so many VS Code Extensions out there for Vue Developers.

While many on this list may seem insignificant at first, these small changes can save you hours and hours of development time. I definitely recommend at least trying out all of them. Who knows – you might fall in love with some of them.

If there’s any other VS Code Extensions you think deserve to be on this list – let me know!