Snippets — Supercharge Snippets in VS Code
Code snippets are valuable additions for anyone looking to save time during development. They simplify the process of entering repetitive code, such as loops, complex HTML structures or reusable methods.
Visual Studio Code already provides robust support for snippets, including their appearance in IntelliSense, tab-completion, and a dedicated snippet picker
Install Snippets by one of the following options:
Boost your productivity with a set of powerful features that enhance snippet management:
Create Snippet from open editor
Create Snippet directly from the clipboard
Create Snippet manually
Open Snippet with a single click
Drop Snippet directly into the editor
Copy Snippet to Clipboard
Insert Snippet directly into Terminal
Use IntelliSense to quickly access all your Snippets
Search for Snippets using Command Palette
You can also search directly into the Snippets view similarly to the File Explorer.
Preview Snippets before insertion
Drag and drop Snippets from one folder to another
Reorder Snippets using Up and Down actions
Sort alphabetically a Snippets folder or all your Snippets
Set icons for your folders
Add a description to your Snippet
Add a prefix to your Snippet
Prefix all your Snippets
You can set a prefix for all your snippets to distinguish them from other VS Code snippets.
Import and Export Snippets using JSON files
Sync Snippets between multiple devices
Starting with version 2.0 and up, Snippets supports backup using VS Code Settings Sync feature. Your snippets will be saved alongside your VS Code data no matter your operating system.
Check the docs to know more about Settings Sync feature and how to use it.
Sync your Snippets with a Version Control System
A large number of users utilize a VCS (e.g Git) and may need to associate a set of snippets with a specific project (e.g sharing project-specific snippets with team members). This can be achieved by enabling the
Bind Snippets to Programming Languages
Snippets created from a language specific editor/file will keep reference of the programming language used. The same Snippet will be suggested only in editors/files of same programming language.
You can explicitly set a programming language by appending the language file extension to the Snippet name at the creation prompt.
Resolve Snippet Syntax
Q: Is there a limit on the number of snippets/folders I can create?
A: There is no limit; your disk space is the only limitation.
Q: I'm feeling overwhelmed by multiple snippets. How can I better organize them?
A: Check this section for available organizational features
Q: Clicking "Request to Initialize File" does nothing. What should I do?
A: If you're attempting to initialize the snippets file for a new workspace and nothing happens, ensure that the path to your current folder open in VS Code has the correct file permissions.
These issues often arise when two conflicting features, moving snippets and syncing them simultaneously, are in use. Fortunately, no snippets should be permanently lost. They are all stored locally, but inconsistencies in the database can make the snippets temporarily invisible.
Files Permissions on Windows
You may encounter some inconsistencies when dealing with snippets on Windows. The first thing to check is whether all related VS Code files are accessible and if any folder permissions are affecting accessibility.
Check the CHANGELOG for full release notes.