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Unity Development with Visual Studio Code

Unity's default Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is Visual Studio, but as I mentioned in a previous post, I prefer Visual Studio Code (VSCode) for its efficiency.

I've found that using Visual Studio only for Unity projects can be a bit overkill, and it can consume significant storage. In contrast, VSCode is much lighter, making it an excellent choice for Unity3D.

To make the switch, follow these steps:

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  1. Open Unity Preferences.
  2. Under External Tools, select Visual Studio Code as your External Script Editor. Unity Preference

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Install the Unity extension from Microsoft at

With these adjustments, you're all set to start editing with Visual Studio Code.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to email me at