Bust A Gem for VS Code
The Bust A Gem extension adds "Go to Definition" for Ruby projects in VS Code. It will create a TAGS file using the ripper-tags gem, and then use the tags for Go to Definition. Fast and easy.
Bust A Gem provides two additional handy features:
- An "Open Gem..." command for quickly opening a gem from your Gemfile. This opens a new window in VS Code.
- Limited support for "Go to Symbol in File..." for Ruby projects.
Note: Bust A Gem relies on bundler and only works with Ruby projects that have a
Table of Contents
First, install the extension through VS Code extensions. Search for Bust A Gem.
Second, Bust A Gem uses the excellent ripper-tags gem to build a TAGS file for your project. Open an Integrated Terminal in VS Code (using
View > Integrated Terminal) and run
gem install ripper-tags. That should put ripper-tags into a spot where VS Code can spawn it. If you are still getting errors about ripper-tags, use
Help > Toggle Developer Tools to see more debug info.
gem ripper-tags to your Gemfile and run
bundle install. In VS Code Settings, set
bundle exec ripper-tags -f TAGS -R --force --extra=q to use bundler.
The first time you use "Go to Definition", Bust A Gem will use ripper-tags to create a
TAGS file for your project.
Bust A Gem initially just indexes your project. You can also index some of your gem dependencies, which makes it possible to use Go to Definition to jump into a gem. See Settings.
Bust A Gem doesn't rebuild TAGS automatically. Use the "Rebuild" command to rebuild the TAGS File. You'll want to do this periodically as you work on your project, or after change the
You probably want to set
bustagem.gems. Initially, Bust A Gem will only index your project. Add gem names to
bustagem.gems to instruct Bust A Gem to add some of your gems to the TAGS file. Bust A Gem uses bundler and your Gemfile to find those gems. Don't forget to run "Rebuild" to rebuild the TAGS file!
[ "activerecord", "devise", ... ]
|List of gems to index for the TAGS file.
"bundle show --paths"
|Command used to list gems.
"ripper-tags -f TAGS -R ..."
|Command used to create the TAGS file.
Caveats and Troubleshooting
A few notes from my experience so far:
Make sure VS Code can spawn ripper-tags. If you can't run ripper-tags from the VS Code Integrated Terminal, Bust A Gem can't either. See Installation.
Not tested on Linux or Windows.
Bust A Gem relies on bundler to list gems and figure out gem paths. Investigate
bundler show --paths in your project if you can't get one of your gems to work.
ripper-tags is fast. It only takes a second or two to rebuild TAGS for my project. If this is too slow for your needs, you may be able to switch to
ctags -e ... using the
bustagem.cmd.rip setting. ripper-tags is much better at ripping Ruby files. For example, ripper-tags indexes Ruby method aliases and ctags does not. But ctags is faster.
Feel free to open issues or PRs! We welcome all contributions, even from beginners. If you want to get started with a PR, please do the following:
- Read the VS Code Extension Docs, especially Running and Debugging Extensions.
- Fork this repo.
- Install dependencies with
- Open the repo directory in VS Code and install the recommended VS Code extensions. This is important, because we use tslint and prettier with our Typescript.
- Make a code change and test it using F5 / Start Debugging. This is not hard, see the doc links above.
- Create a branch and submit a PR!
0.1.8 - Apr 2020
- Update dependencies
- #15 Strip leading colons from queries (thanks @KamilMilewski)
0.1.7 - Nov 2018
- #5 use specific SymbolKind for each symbol (thanks @feber)
0.1.6 - Mar 2018
- Added tests and fixed a few minor bugs that I doubt anyone noticed at this early stage.
- Experimental support for Go to Symbol in File.
- Go to Definition supports modules like
ActionController::Base, via ripper-tags
This extension is licensed under the MIT License.