Debugging C# on OS X with Visual Studio Code

Thanks to this helpful Tweet I was able to use Visual Studio Code to debug C# code on Mac OS X:

Here’s how you can get going from start to finish:

  1. Install DNX
  2. Fire up your Terminal emulator
  3. Execute yo aspnet & choose Console Application
  4. Execute dnu restore
  5. Launch Visual Studio Code & open the ConsoleApplication folder generated by Yeoman
  6. Click Debug button followed by the Gear button
  7. Replace or add this entry to launch.json:
        "name": "Launch ConsoleApplication",
        "type": "mono",
        "program": "Program.exe",
        "stopOnEntry": true       
  8. Invoke the Command Palette (⌘P) & choose Configure Task Runner
  9. Replace the existing entry for tsc in tasks.json with the following entry:
        "version": "0.1.0",
        "command": "mcs",
        "args": [
        "showOutput": "silent",
        "taskSelector": "/t:",
        "tasks": [
                "taskName": "exe",
                "isBuildCommand": true,
                "problemMatcher": "$msCompile"
  10. Invoke the Command Palette and choose Build Task (↑⌘B)
  11. Click the Debug button and, finally, click the Play button (F5)

Debug C# on OS X with VS Code


Thanks @weinand!

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