Did you know that VS Code has built-in snippets for lots of languages?
They are not documented in the VS Code docs.
There is no way to browse them inside VS Code.
Soo, how can I find them?
It’s awkward to track them down yourself!
This spurred me to write an extension called Snippets Ranger to give a nice UI to explore all your snippets easily.
Also, remember that Snippets can be defined in a few different places. They can be added by:
- Creating a global snippets file, a workspace snippets file, or a language-specific file;
- Installing extensions found in the “Snippets” category in the Visual Studio Marketplace;
- Installing some of the Programming Language extensions, which often have hidden snippets cargo e.g. Python;
- the VS Code team to the built-in language extensions.
Keeping track of them yourself is not practical.
How do I find the built-in snippets myself?
If you want to track down the source files yourself, they live inside each individual language extension directory. The file for each language is located at
«app root»\resources\app\extensions\«language»\snippets\«language».code-snippets on Windows. The location is similar for Mac and Linux.
Find this helpful?
If encounter an issue or have a feature request, you are welcome to make an issue on github.