VS Code: Remote Development with SSH, VMs, and WSL

Visual Studio Code Remote Development allows you to use a container, remote machine, or the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) as a full-featured development environment.

  • Develop on the same operating system you deploy to or use larger or more specialized hardware.
  • Sandbox your development environment to avoid impacting your local machine configuration.
  • Make it easy for new contributors to get started and keep everyone on a consistent environment.
  • Use tools or runtimes not available on your local OS or manage multiple versions of them.
  • Develop your Linux-deployed applications using the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  • Access an existing development environment from multiple machines or locations.
  • Debug an application running somewhere else such as a customer site or in the cloud.

Brigit Murtaugh, a PM with VS Code, will talk through the benefits of remote development workflows and then demonstrate how to set things up using VS Code, WSL, Windows Terminal, a remote desktop machine, and a Virtual Machine (VM). 


  • 0:37 What is remote development? What are the benefits?
  • 1:40 Why is remote development a priority for VS Code?
  • 3:00  How do I set up a remote dev environment in VS Code?
  • 4:35 What is SSH? How do I do remote dev work with SSH?
  • 6:27 Demo: Use SSH to debug on a remote machine and virtual machine.
  • 17:30 What is WSL? Why is it good for remote dev work with VS Code?
  • 19:39 Demo: Use WSL to run a Python app in Linux but debug on Windows.
  • 26:33 What about remote development with Docker containers?
  • 27:30 Tabs vs Spaces?
  • 29:01 Where can I learn more?

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