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Setting up Visual Studio Code

Setting up Visual Studio Code

While s&box addon development is currently mainly targeting Visual Studio, you can still use Visual Studio Code with full support for IntelliSense and debugging too.

Installation and setup

Download and install Visual Studio Code from here.

Required Visual Studio Code extensions

The following Visual Studio Code extensions will be required to write and debug s&box addons in Visual Studio Code:

Creating the workspace

First create the solution by running GenerateProjects.bat in your addons folder.

After that start Visual Studio Code and press File -> Open Folder...:

Select the sbox\addons folder. After that go to File -> Save Workspace As... and save it as addons.code-workspace inside the addons folder.

Enabling Roslyn analyzers

The C# extension has Roslyn analyzers disabled by default. These are required for s&box code generation so that we won't get errors in auto generated code like ClientCmd and ServerCmds calls. This will also allow you to get automatic suggestions for your code.

To enable Roslyn analyzers, create a file called omnisharp.json in your addons folder with the following content:

{ "RoslynExtensionsOptions": { "enableAnalyzersSupport": true } }

Adding debugger configuration

We need to add a debugging configuration to debug addons. Create the following file in addons\.vscode\launch.json:

{ "version": "0.2.0", "configurations": [ { "name": ".NET Core Attach", "type": "coreclr", "request": "attach", "processName": "sbox.exe", "requireExactSource": false // makes sure you can debug stuff with codegen (e.g entities) } ] }

You can now start debugging your addons by setting breakpoints and pressing F5:

Keep in mind that you need to manually start s&box first before debugging.

Recommended extensions

Visual Studio Keymap: Adds Visual Studio keymaps in case you are used to Visual Studio shortcuts.

JetBrains Keymap: Adds JetBrains keymaps in case you are used to JetBrains shortcuts.

EditorConfig for VS Code: Automatically format your code with the s&box coding style

SCSS Formatter: Automatically format your scss files.

vscode-solution-explorer: Visual Studio-like solution explorer for Visual Studio Code.

C# Snippets: C# code snippets.

Auto-Using for C#: Auto import namespaces.

C# Extensions: Quickly create new classes and generate constructors.

C# Namespace Autocompletion: IntelliSense for writing namespaces.

C# XML Documentation Comments: Easier code documentation.

GitLens: A useful extension when working with Git.


Visual Studio Code has first-class support for themes. You can browse and install themes from here.

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