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Using zsh on Debian Windows Linux Subsystem as terminal in VS Code

written on 27 April 2019
You can install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in the "Turn Windows features on or off" wizard. Afterwards you can install Debian as a regular "app" from the Windows Store. Then i customized my Debian subsystem to use `zsh` and additional tweaks. But I wanted to use that shell directly in VS Code. To do this: In VS Code, go to File > Preferences > Settings and click on the curly braces in the top right corner to open the raw `settings.json`. Then you can configure the internal terminal to point to the debian shell by adding the following (substitute `<USER>` with your username): ```json "": "C:\\Users\\<USER>\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\WindowsApps\\debian.exe" ``` Now simply open a new terminal and you can use zsh in VS Code!