Let’s face it JetBrain’s Mono is a beautiful mono-spaced font useful for both presenting code and working with it in an IDE. It has an increased x-height for a better reading experience, better shapes for seeing columns of letters, and a developer friendly assortment of ligatures that make your all of your multi-character operators actually look like a single, unified operator.
These qualities, and more, make it a great choice for use when developing Vue.js applications in Visual Studio code. In this article, I’ll break down the steps of how to install it for the officially recommended IDE for Vue.js development: VS Code on MacOS.
Step 1: Chuckle a little at the irony
Yes, JetBrains Mono is a font produced by the company responsible for the awesome IDEs PHPStorm and WebStorm among other softwares. And we’re installing it in VS Code… aren’t we the rebelious type? 😆 But that’s ok, JetBrains has generously open sourced the font to the world and we are free to use it in any program we’d like. So, thank you, thank you, thank you Jetbrains!
Step 2: Download the font
Next, you’ll need to head on over to jetbrains.com/lp/mono/ to download the font files.
Step #3: Move the Font Files to the System Fonts Library
Once the files are downloaded you can find them zipped up in your downloads directory. Unzip them copy all the ttf files to your clipboard.
Then use the Finder command “Go to Folder” (in the top menu under
Go > Go to Folder or keyboard shortcut
cmd+shift+G) to open the
Finally, paste the copied
.ttf font files into the
Step #4: Set Jetbrain Mono Font in Visual Studio Code
In VS Code, use the command palette (
cmd + shift + p) to open the JSON version of the editor’s settings.
Then set the
editor.fontFamily setting to
JetBrains Mono and if you want the awesome ligatures as well, set
true. Save the file.
"editor.fontFamily": "JetBrains Mono", "editor.fontLigatures": true,
At this point, don’t worry if your text turns to Times New Roman or some other totally inapproriate font for coding.
Step #5: Quit VS Code and Restart
To get the font to register properly with Visual Studio Code, you’ll need to quit the program completely (
cmd+q) and re-open it. (I tried the “Reload Window” command as an alternative but it didn’t work for me.) After that you should be good to go.
Step #6: Verify JetBrains Mono Works
You should be able to tell a difference as soon as you re-open a file in the editor. It definitely won’t be Times New Romans anymore and you’ll have characters that are narrower and taller than those with the default font.
To be extra sure though, you can try out a strict inequality operator (
≠=) to see it’s distinctive ligature in action.
An that’s all there is to it! Enjoy this awesome free and open source font in Visual Studio Code and if you’d like more tips and tricks for working with Visual Stuidio Code for be sure to checkout our course Visual Studio Code for Vue.js Developers. In it, I’ll share loads of inspiration for VS code extensions, themes, keyboard shortcuts, and more that you can use to supercharge your Vue.js development workflow!