Set vscode as the default for text files on mac

Published on September 15, 2021

Tagged: #developer-experience

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How to set the default text editor to be visual studio code on the mac

Update 29 Jan 2022 - I added this and more to comprehensive instructions for configuring a modern developer shell and MAcOS in another article here. You should check that out.

To find the name of your editor use this.

osascript -e 'id of app "Visual Studio Code"'

To set all text files and similar files to vscode instead of xcode use this.

brew install duti

duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.json all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.plain-text all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.python-script all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.shell-script all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.source-code all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.text all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode public.unix-executable all

duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .c all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .cpp all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .cs all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .css all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .go all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .java all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .js all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .sass all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .scss all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .less all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .vue all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .cfg all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .json all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .jsx all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .log all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .lua all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .md all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .php all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .pl all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .py all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .rb all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .ts all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .tsx all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .txt all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .conf all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .yaml all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .yml all
duti -s com.microsoft.VSCode .toml all

That’s it!

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