[bash] VSCode Change Default Terminal

I am using Visual Studio Code on my Windows 10 PC. I want to change my default terminal from Windows PowerShell to Bash on Ubuntu (on Windows).

How can I do that?

This question is related to bash powershell cmd terminal visual-studio-code

The answer is


You can also select your default terminal by pressing F1 in VS Code and typing/selecting Terminal: Select Default Shell.

Terminal Selection

Terminal Selection


Go to File > Preferences > Settings (or press Ctrl+,) then click the leftmost icon in the top right corner, "Open Settings (JSON)"

screenshot showing location of icon

In the JSON settings window, add this (within the curly braces {}):

"terminal.integrated.shell.windows": "C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\bash.exe"`

(Here you can put any other custom settings you want as well)

Checkout that path to make sure your bash.exe file is there otherwise find out where it is and point to that path instead.

Now if you open a new terminal window in VS Code, it should open with bash instead of PowerShell.


If you want to select the type of console, you can write this in the file "keybinding.json" (this file can be found in the following path "File-> Preferences-> Keyboard Shortcuts") `

//with this you can select what type of console you want
{
    "key": "ctrl+shift+t",
    "command": "shellLauncher.launch"
},

//and this will help you quickly change console
{ 
    "key": "ctrl+shift+j", 
    "command": "workbench.action.terminal.focusNext" 
},
{
    "key": "ctrl+shift+k", 
    "command": "workbench.action.terminal.focusPrevious" 
}`

I just type following keywords in the opened terminal;

  1. powershell
  2. bash
  3. cmd
  4. node
  5. python (or python3)

See details in the below image. (VSCode version 1.19.1 - windows 10 OS) enter image description here

It works on VS Code Mac as well. I tried it with VSCode (Version 1.20.1)


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