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Customizing Ionide

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How to set an option?

It is easy to configure Visual Studio Code to your liking through its various settings. Nearly every part of VS Code's editor, user interface, and functional behavior has options you can modify.

VS Code provides two different scopes for settings:

  • User Settings - Settings that apply globally to any instance of VS Code you open.
  • Workspace Settings - Settings stored inside your workspace and only apply when the workspace is opened.

Workspace settings override user settings. Workspace settings are specific to a project and can be shared across developers on a project.

Note: A VS Code "workspace" is usually just your project root folder

To open your user and workspace settings, use the following VS Code menu command:

  • On Windows/Linux - File > Preferences > Settings
  • On macOS - Code > Preferences > Settings

You can also open the Settings editor from the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) with Preferences: Open Settings or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+,).

Read more about settings in VSCode in VSCode documentation


Ionide Settings

FSharp.fsac.dotnetArgs

Additional CLI arguments that will be provided to the dotnet runtime when running FSAC. These are fully described at the official Microsoft documentation, and in general relate to which runtime FSAC is run on.

Type: string []

Default: ["--roll-forward", "LatestMajor"] or []

If FSAC is launched from a directory that has a global.json whose sdk.version is 6.0 or greater, or if the 6.0 SDK is installed and no global.json is present, the --roll-forward LatestMajor arguments will be added to ensure FSAC runs under .net 6 (required to support MSBuild correctly).

Otherwise no arguments are automatically supplied by Ionide.


FSharp.fsac.netCoreDllPath

The path to the fsautocomplete.dll, useful for debugging a self-built fsac.

Type: string

Default:


FSharp.fsac.attachDebugger

Appends the '--attachdebugger' argument to fsac, this will allow you to attach a debugger.

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.fsac.silencedLogs

An array of log categories for FSAC to filter out. These can be found by viewing your log output and noting the text in between the brackets in the log line. For example, in the log line [16:07:14.626 INF] [Compiler] done compiling foo.fsx, the category is 'Compiler'.

Type: string []

Default: [ ]


FSharp.workspaceModePeekDeepLevel

The deep level of directory hierarchy when searching for sln/projects

Type: int

Default: 4


FSharp.fsiFilePath

The path to the F# Interactive tool used by Ionide-FSharp (.NET framework only, on .NET Core FSharp.fsiSdkFilePath is used)

Type: string

Default:


FSharp.fsiSdkFilePath

The path to the F# Interactive tool used by Ionide-FSharp (when using .NET SDK scripts)

Type: string

Default:


FSharp.keywordsAutocomplete

Includes keywords in autocomplete

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.externalAutocomplete

Includes external (from unopened modules and namespaces) symbols in autocomplete

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.linter

Enables integration with FSharpLint for additional (user-defined) warnings

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.unionCaseStubGeneration

Enables a codefix that generates missing union cases when in a match expression

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.unionCaseStubGenerationBody

The expression to fill in the right-hand side of match cases when generating missing cases for a match on a discriminated union

Type: string

Default: failwith \"Not Implemented\"


FSharp.recordStubGeneration

Enables a codefix that will generate missing record fields when inside a record construction expression

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.recordStubGenerationBody

The expression to fill in the right-hand side of record fields when generating missing fields for a record construction expression

Type: string

Default: failwith \"Not Implemented\"


FSharp.interfaceStubGeneration

Enables a codefix that generates missing interface members when inside of an interface implementation expression

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.interfaceStubGenerationMethodBody

The expression to fill in the right-hand side of interface members when generating missing members for an interface implementation expression

Type: string

Default: failwith \"Not Implemented\"


FSharp.interfaceStubGenerationObjectIdentifier

The name of the 'self' identifier in an interface member. For example, this in the expression this.Member(x: int) = ()

Type: string

Default: this


FSharp.abstractClassStubGeneration

Enables a codefix that generates missing members for an abstract class when in an type inheriting from that abstract class.

Type: boolean

Default: true


FSharp.abstractClassStubGenerationObjectIdentifier

The name of the 'self' identifier in an inherited member. For example, this in the expression this.Member(x: int) = ()

Type: string

Default: this


FSharp.abstractClassStubGenerationMethodBody

The expression to fill in the right-hand side of inherited members when generating missing members for an abstract base class

Type: string

Default: failwith \"Not Implemented\"


FSharp.unusedOpensAnalyzer

Enables detection of unused opens

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.unusedDeclarationsAnalyzer

Enables detection of unused declarations

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.simplifyNameAnalyzer

Enables detection of cases when names of functions and values can be simplified

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.fsiExtraParameters

An array of additional command line parameters to pass to FSI when it is started. See the documentation for an exhaustive list.

Type: array

Default: []


FSharp.saveOnSendLastSelection

If enabled, the current file will be saved before sending the last selection to FSI for evaluation

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.msbuildAutoshow

Automatically shows the MSBuild output panel when MSBuild functionality is invoked

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.resolveNamespaces

Enables a codefix that will suggest namespaces or module to open when a name is not recognized

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.enableTreeView

Enables the solution explorer view of the current workspace, which shows the workspace as MSBuild sees it

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.excludeProjectDirectories

Directories in the array are excluded from project file search. Requires restart.

Type: array

Default: [".git","paket-files",".fable","packages","node_modules"]


FSharp.lineLens.enabled

Usage mode for LineLens. If never, LineLens will never be shown. If replaceCodeLens, LineLens will be placed in a decoration on top of the current line.

Type: enum

Possible values:

  • never
  • replaceCodeLens
  • always

Default: replaceCodeLens


FSharp.lineLens.prefix

The prefix displayed before the signature in a LineLens

Type: string

Default: //


FSharp.disableFailedProjectNotifications

Disables popup notifications for failed project loading

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.enableBackgroundServices

Enables background services responsible for creating symbol cache and typechecking files in the background. Requires restart.

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.enableMSBuildProjectGraph

EXPERIMENTAL. Enables support for loading workspaces with MsBuild's ProjectGraph. This can improve load times. Requires restart.

Type: boolean

Default: false


FSharp.enableReferenceCodeLens

Enables additional code lenses showing number of references of a function or value. Requires background services to be enabled.

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.showProjectExplorerIn

Set the activity (left bar) where the project explorer view will be displayed. If explorer, then the project explorer will be a collapsible tab in the main explorer view, a sibling to the file system explorer. If fsharp, a new activity with the F# logo will be added and the project explorer will be rendered in this activity.Requires restart.

Type: enum

Possible values:

  • explorer
  • fsharp

Default: fsharp


FSharp.enableAnalyzers

EXPERIMENTAL. Enables F# analyzers for custom code diagnostics. Requires restart.

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.analyzersPath

Directories in the array are used as a source of custom analyzers. Requires restart.

Type: array

Default: ["packages/Analyzers", "analyzers"]


FSharp.workspacePath

Path to the directory or solution file that should be loaded as a workspace. If set, no workspace probing or discovery is done by Ionide at all.

Type: string


FSharp.showExplorerOnStartup

Automatically shows solution explorer on plugin startup

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.enableTouchBar

Enables TouchBar integration of build/run/debug buttons

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.autoRevealInExplorer

Controls whether the solution explorer should automatically reveal and select files when opening them. If sameAsFileExplorer is set, then the value of the explorer.autoReveal setting will be used instead.

Type: enum

Possible values:

  • sameAsFileExplorer
  • enabled
  • disabled

Default: sameAsFileExplorer


FSharp.smartIndent

Enables smart indent feature

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.infoPanelUpdate

Controls when the info panel is updated

Type: enum

Possible values:

  • onCursorMove
  • onHover
  • both
  • none

Default: onCursorMove


FSharp.infoPanelReplaceHover

Controls whether the info panel replaces tooltips

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.infoPanelStartLocked

Controls whether the info panel should be locked at startup

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.infoPanelShowOnStartup

Controls whether the info panel should be displayed at startup

Type: bool

Default: false


FSharp.verboseLogging

Logs additional information to F# output channel. This is equivalent to passing the --verbose flag to FSAC. Requires restart.

Type: bool

Default: false


FAKE.targetsOutline

Enables the Targets Outline tree view.

Type: bool

Default: true


FAKE.showTargetsOutlineIn

Set the activity (left bar) where the FAKE targets outline view will be displayed.Requires restart.

Type: enum

Possible values:

  • explorer
  • fsharp

Default: explorer


FSharp.suggestGitignore

Allow Ionide to prompt whenever internal data files aren't included in your project's .gitignore

Type: bool

Default: true


FSharp.suggestSdkScripts

Allow Ionide to suggest using .NET SDK FSI for scripting instead of .NET Framework FSI

Type: boolean

Default: true


FSharp.useSdkScripts

Use dotnet fsi instead of fsi.exe/fsharpi to start an FSI session

Type: boolean

Default: true


FSharp.dotnetRoot

Sets the root path for finding locating the dotnet CLI binary. Defaults to the dotnet binary found on your system PATH.

Type: string


FSharp.addFsiWatcher

Enables a panel for FSI that shows the value of all existing bindings in the FSI session

Type: boolean

Default: false


FSharp.generateBinLog

Enables generation of msbuild.binlog files for project loading. It works only for fresh, non-cached project loading. Run F#: Clear Project Cache and reload window to force fresh loading of all projects. These files can be loaded and inspected using the MSBuild Structured Logger

Type: boolean

Default: false


FSharp.pipelineHints.enabled

Enables pipeline hints, which are like LineLenses that appear along each step of a chain of piped expressions

Type: boolean

Default: true


FSharp.pipelineHints.prefix

The prefix displayed before the signature of a pipeline hint

Type: string

Default: //


FSharp.inlayHints.enabled

Controls if the inlay hints feature is enabled.

Type: boolean

Default: true

Fsharp.inlayHints.parameterNames

Controls if parmaeter-name inlay hints will be displayed for functions and methods.

Type: boolean

Default: true

FSharp.inlayHints.typeAnnotations

Controls if type-annotation inlay hitns will be displayed for bindings.

Type: boolean

Default: true

Theming

VS Code allows for very deep theming and customization, and Ionide plugs into this system excellently. The Language Server performs advanced syntax highlighting and annotates the source code with semantic tokens and modifiers. These tokens and modifiers can be themed individually in whatever way you want. For a deep dive on semantic tokens, including how to find out which tokens and modifiers have been applied to source code that you want to theme, please see the official documentation.

In addition to the standard set of tokens and modifiers shown on that documentation, Ionide provides several custom scopes and modifiers:

Scopes

  • member- used in mutable vars and record fields, as well as exceptions, fields, events, delegates, and named arguments
  • cexpr - for computation expressions
  • text - for plaintext strings

Modifiers

  • mutable - for any values that are defined as let mutable
  • disposable - for any values that implement System.IDisposable

Applying custom themes

Like all settings, theme customizations are stored in settings files, which are described at the top of this page in greater detail.

Semantic tokens can be overidden on a theme-by-theme basis in the following way:

{
    "editor.semanticTokenColorCustomizations": {
      "[Default Dark+]": {
            "enabled": true,
            "rules": {
                "*.mutable": {
                    "foreground": "#FF0000",
                    "fontStyle": "underline",
                },
                "*.disposable": {
                    "foreground": "#ff8b2c",
                    "fontStyle": "bold"
                }

            }
        }
    }
}

A few things to note about this example:

  • the individual theme names are placed into square brackets
  • the rules are a map of scope or modifier to the theme settings to be applied to tokens that match
  • the key of a rule can be
    • a fully-qualified scope (i.e. <scope>.<modifier>, for example member.mutable)
    • just a scope (i.e. member)
    • a wildcard modifier (i.e. *.mutable to apply to all mutables, regardless of scope)