Virtual Gists is a Visual Studio Code extension that allows to open and edit a remote gist (e.g. on GitHub) without cloning, committing or pushing your changes. It all happens automatically.
The extension is still missing lots of features I want to add (as time permits) and you can expect bugs (but hopefully nothing destructive), anyway this is a
Install the extension from the VSCode Marketplace.
Read, create and delete GitHub Gists from the familiar VSCode environment. You can also follow users, star gists, and use a "Notepad" (a special, private gist) to job down ideas and ephemeral notes that do not fit into their own gist.
This is a special, private gist you can use as a temporary notepad, a place to store ephemeral notes you can quickly jot down and easily access from all your devices even if they do not quite fit into a regular gist.
All your private and public gists, except
Your starred gists, grouped in one convenient TreeView node
Gists from the user you want to explicitly follow, to stay up to date with their latest work
Interesting gists you have opened but not starred yet.
Create a new gist
You can create a private or public gist, just enter the gist name and the file name you want to use:
Sync across devices
You can sync your open gists across multiple devices by enabling Settings Sync in Visual Studio Code.
Node: you may need to Refresh the Virtual Gists view to see the latest repos added or removed from another machine.
Changes are committed automatically after the file is saved. The commit message is
There are lots of useful gists on GitHub and an easy way to keep track is to star them. With Virtual Gists you can add a gist under the
If the gist you want to star is already listed anywhere else in Virtual Gists (under
Copy Url/Open in browser
You may want to share a gist with someone or view the gist in GitHub; easy enough, just use the appropriate command from the context menu.
For a gist:
For a file:
Optionally use the gist owner's avatar as icon
It can be helpful to identify to which user an opened or starred gist belongs to as a glance. Oh the other hand, you may prefer a cleaner list where icons only show the item type without being too distracting. Use
You can enable
My other extensions
Virtual Gists is freely inspired by these fine extensions: