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Edit: GitHub rolled out its own VS Code functionality, check details at the end of the article.

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How often do you browse GitHub, find an exciting project and wished that you could navigate the included source code quickly? GitHub added a lot of shortcuts and stuff over the years, but how great would it be if you could open files side-by-side, cmd-click to jump into a function definition and maybe even use some shortcuts that your fingers type every day?

That all seems to be offered by github1s. Here's how it works. When you're on a GitHub repository add 1s to the URL ( and boom! Find VS Code in your browser ready to inspect some code. 🤯👏 showing a repo in VS Code

There's also which seems to be a fork of I couldn't figure out what's the difference or why there was a need for a fork, though. 🤷‍♂️

GitHub is rolling out Codespaces and VSCode

With Codespaces entering GitHub you can also change a repo URL such as to or press . while being in the GitHub UI to access VSCode!

Codespaces (VSCode editor) on

This is very exciting, friends!

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