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VSCode Dev Container Environment

Requires: Docker, VSCode

VSCode can be found at:

If on Mac or Windows, you can install


Docker for Windows requires Windows 10 Pro 64bit or better

Either fork or clone the eqemu server repo (Be sure to include submodules!)

$ git clone --recurse-submodules server
$ cd server
$ code .


If code is not a recognized command, you can alternatively Open Visual Studio Code manually, and drag-drop the Server folder into the window.

Prepare extensions

Once VSCode is open with the project, you will be prompted:

Click install on this prompt. (You might get this prompt again while in the Dev Container environment)

Next, if not already installed, go into your extensions and search for remote containers

Remote containers in the extensions list

Once extension is finished installing, This prompt should pop up on the bottom left area. (Some times, click the bell icon on bottom right of the VS Code window to get this prompt)

Click Reopen in Container

After clicking Reopen in Container, you will be waiting a while for the first image build, as the environment is set up. You can click the (details) link if curious what the process is doing. The Dockerfile being generated can be found in the .dev-containers/Dockerfile directory.

Once the build is complete, click Terminal, Run Build Task **on the top menu of VS Code. After a moment, an option list of **cmake or make will appear. First, run cmake.

cmake will open a pane on the bottom half of your screen with the task being ran, and any errors it has will appear will display on the last line

Here is an example of a successful cmake run

Next, run Terminal, Run Build Task again, and this time choose make

Here is an example of make running

The first build will take a while. Once you have everything built, the additional runs will be much faster. Note that the output binaries are being generated in the build/bin/ directory of the repository.

Once the make build task command finishes, open any .cpp file to trigger the building of intellisense.