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A real browser preview inside your editor that you can debug.

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Browser Preview for VS Code

A real browser preview inside your editor that you can debug.


Browser Preview for VS Code enables you to open a real browser preview inside your editor that you can debug. Browser Preview is powered by Chrome Headless, and works by starting a headless Chrome instance in a new process. This enables a secure way to render web content inside VS Code, and enables interesting features such as in-editor debugging and more!

Getting started

  1. Grab extension from marketplace
  2. Click the new "Browser Preview" button in the Side Bar to the left or run the command
    Browser View: Open Preview

Make sure you have Google Chrome installed on your computer.


  • Browser preview inside VS Code (Powered by Chrome Headless).
  • Ability to have multiple previews open at the same time.
  • Debuggable. Launch urls and attach Debugger for Chrome to the browser view instance, and debug within VS Code.
  • Attach Chrome DevTools via
  • Option to set the default startUrl via
  • Option to set the path to the chrome executable via
  • Option to set the type of rendering via
    with the support for
    (default one) and

How to change the default start url / start page?

Go to your settings, search for "browser preview" and set

to your desired url.

Launch and Debugging

You can enable in-editor debugging of Browser Preview by installing Debugger for Chrome, and configure VS Code's debugger to either attach or launch to the browser previews by using the following configuration:

    "version": "0.1.0",
    "configurations": [
            "type": "browser-preview",
            "request": "attach",
            "name": "Browser Preview: Attach"
            "type": "browser-preview",
            "request": "launch",
            "name": "Browser Preview: Launch",
            "url": "http://localhost:3000"

The debug configuration also supports these additional properties:

. See https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode-chrome-debug#other-optional-launch-config-fields for details on how to use.

Watch It

Watch an animated gif showing how to open the preview and debug a browser app.

Additional configuration

Browser Preview has the following settings:

"browser-preview.startUrl": // The default start url for new Browser Preview instances
"browser-preview.verbose": false // Enable verbose logging of messages sent between VS Code and Chrome instance
"browser-preview.chromeExecutable": // The full path to the executable, including the complete filename of the executable
"browser-preview.format": // Option to set the type of rendering with the support for `jpeg` (default one) and `png` formats

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