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How to Send and Execute Code from The Editor to Terminal in VS Code

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VS Code has a built in feature that allows you to send code directly from the editor to the terminal. By default, it is not assigned to any shortcut. You can assign it to a shortcut by adding the following to your keybindings.json file.

  • Open the command pallet using cmd + shift + p.
  • Type Preferences: Open Keyboard Shortcuts (JSON)
  • Then edit the keybindings.json file:
// Send selected bash code to terminal
"key": "shift+enter",
"command": "workbench.action.terminal.runSelectedText",
"when": "editorTextFocus && !findInputFocussed && !replaceInputFocussed && editorLangId == 'shellscript'"

The when key ensures that this shortcut is only active when you are working on a Shell Script file. Here is an example of the shortcut in action.

Gif of the sending shell script from the editor to the terminal.