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Using VSCode with the Atlassian SDK

Davin_Studer Community Leader May 15, 2019

VSCode has grown over the last few years into a pretty slick IDE and I see that Atlassian has given VSCode a little bit of love by providing integrations with Jira and Bitbucket. There are a couple of pages for setting up IDEA and Netbeans to work with the Atlassian SDK but sadly nothing for VSCode. So, I ask the community. Have you had success getting VSCode to work well with the Atlassian SDK ... especially with things like Intellisense, project builds, and debugging? If you have had success with using VSCode and the Atlassian SDK please share. Maybe we can set up an unofficial VSCode tutorial of sorts.


Hello, I was struggling today and found a few things:

- for basic intellisense, the solution is basically to follow the Netbeans instructions that you linked to (it could use updating and Mac instructions BTW).

- for VSCode integration, someone has created tasks:

A better solution may be to use `atlas-mvn` in VSCode. It's possible to set the binary in VSCode "Maven for Java" settings, but unfortunately it's broken on MacOS because of how `atlas-mvn` passes arguments to `mvn`.

Well it actually works to point VSCode's "Maven for Java" to use `atlas-mvn` binary, but on MacOS you need to run VSCode with `--user-data-dir="some/location/without/spaces"`

I managed to get this working. 

Start by installing the Java Extension Pack:

Setting up Intellisense

  1. Find where the atlas-* programs are installed by running ls -l $(which atlas-mvn) to get the actual location.

    On my Mac I got /Applications/Atlassian/atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.3.6/bin
  2. Go to that directory to find the bundled version of Maven, it'll be above the bin folder.

    For me it was /Applications/Atlassian/atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.3.6/apache-maven-3.5.4.

  3. Inside that directory the settings.xml file is in the folder named conf.
  4. Set the Java > Configuration > Maven: User Settings option in VSCode to the full path to that settings.xml.

    In my case it was /Applications/Atlassian/atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.3.6/apache-maven-3.5.4/conf/settings.xml

Setup Maven

  1. The binary is in the bin directory of the bundled Maven directory.

    In my case  /Applications/Atlassian/atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.3.6/apache-maven-3.5.4

  2. Set Maven > Executable: Path to the actual mvn binary in bin.

    For me it was /Applications/Atlassian/atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.3.6/apache-maven-3.5.4/bin/mvn


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Davin_Studer Community Leader Dec 24, 2019

Awesome! That will make development with VSCode so much easier. I've submitted a ticket to Atlassian to consider creating an official walk-through for setting up the SDK with VSCode.

Thanks for doing that @Davin_Studer Is that a public ticket that we can comment on or is it a private DEVHELP ticket?

Because I did figure out what needs to change in atlas-mvn so we can just drop it in instead of unwinding where everything's set up.

Davin_Studer Community Leader Dec 30, 2019

I don't think it is a public ticket. I just went to their documentation for IDEA and click the link to comment on the documentation. I think it is using a Jira issue collector to create tickets on the backside, but I don't think it is publicly accessible.

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