reStructuredText Ecosystem in Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a modern code editor for developers and more. To enable very good editing experience for a programming language, the following features are critical and necessary,

In recent years, different extension authors have collaborated to make sure reStructuredText language is well supported in VS Code.

The starting point is the reStructuredText extension by LeXtudio Inc., which provides the basic features and also prompts to install all other necessary ones.


Getting Started

Install the stable version from Visual Studio Code Marketplace .

  1. Upgrade to Visual Studio Code 1.82.0 or above.

  2. Switch to the Extensions view by clicking the fifth icon in the left most bar.

  3. Type “restructuredtext” in the search box and hit Enter key.

  4. Click “Install” button to install “reStructuredText” extension.


If you want to stay on the edge, you can install Visual Studio Code Insider and then install the prerelease version of this extension.

You can go through the follow articles to better understand the various features,

Frequent Asked Questions can be found here.


The reStructuredText extension is licensed under the MIT License.

Please see Third Party Licensing for details on the third-party files that we include with releases of this project.



The linter support is based on Cody Hoover’s ruby-linter.

Live Preview

The initial idea was brought from Thomas Haakon Townsend’s ReStructured Text Previewer, but soon after moving fully to Sphinx, this extension becomes its own beast.


The IntelliSense support is provided by the Esbonio Language Server.