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Visual Studio Code setup to enable Business Central AL coding

How to Setup Business Central Development Environment?

visit Visual Studio Code Development Settings page to do latest setup

Hope you have installed the Business Central via Docker. If not then recommended you to read Dynamics  365 Business Central Install using Docker post.

In this post I would like to share the following details related to Visual Studio Code setup to start the development for Business Central with AL coding.

Step 1 : Install Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is the open source coding editor from Microsoft. By the help of this software we can start coding for any language by the help of extensions.  This software will work on Operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS. It support features like syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, code refactoring and Git hub connection etc.

 Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

You can download the Visual studio code from Microsoft Visual Studio Code Free Download

Step 2 : Download Certificate and Install

After installing the Visual studio code and download the Certificate from the path specified on docker run command result like follows.

Business Central Certificate path
Certificate Path

Copy the path specified on your docker run command and paste it on a browser to download the same. Check the same file on download folder with extension “.cer“.

Congrats now you are having self signed certificate to install

Install Certificate

Now we will see how to install this certificate using following following steps and Images  

  • Step 1 : Locate the file and right click. Click on Install  Certificate option
  • Step 2 : Select Local Machine option and click on Next button
  • Step 3 : Choose Trusted Certificate and press Next to Import the same.
  • Step 4 : Well done Certificate Installation completed
BC Certificate Install Step 1 and Step 2
Certificate Install Step 1 and Step 2
Certificate Install Step 3 - Trusted Certificate Assign
Certificate Install Step 3 – Trusted Certificate Assign

Step 3 : Install AL Extension

So the next steps is to install the AL Extension on Visual Studio Code interface. For doing the same follows below steps

  • Open Visual Studio Code
  • Click on Extensions or press (Ctrl + Shift + X)
  • After that search for “AL Language”
  • Press Install button to install the same
AL Extension Installation

Step 4 : Install VSIX Extension

VSIX Installations steps explained as follows

  • Download the VSIX file from docker run command result
vsix file path
  • Open Visual Studio Code
  • Open command Palette (view -> Command Palatte or Ctrl + Shift + P)
  • Enter command as “Extension:Install from VSIX
  • Select the VSIX file downloaded via first step of this activity
  • Press “Install”   to complete the same

Congrats you have now successfully complete VSIX file install. Lets continue with next step  

Step 5 : launch.json Settings

Now you have to update the connection settings details on Visual studio code to connect both Business Central and Visual studio code together. For that please follow below steps  

  • Copy the Docker run command result with “Dev. Server : ” value
  • Open Visual Studio Code
  • Locate “launch.json” file
  • Update the “Server” parameter settings
  • replace the existing path with new path and save
launch.json file Setup

Congrats now to you have completed the launch.json file setup. Let us continue with last step in this series  

Step 6 : Download Symbols

  Download symbols steps required to download the object reference details to compile the objects you are going to develop. Following are the steps to complete the same  

  • Open Visual Studio Code
  • Open command Palette (view -> Command Palatte or Ctrl + Shift + P)
  • Enter “AL:Download Symbols” to download the symbols
  • When system asked for credentials , Enter the User ID = Admin and Password: (this is the password available on Docker run command result, please copy the same and paste it here”
  • After successfully verified the authorization system will download the symbols.
After successfully Downloaded Symbols can able to confirm Alpackages

After successfully Downloaded Symbols can able to confirm Alpackages mentioned on the above image.

Congrats now you are ready to start the extension development for Business Central. Cheers !!

Jubel Thomas Joy, a 16+ year Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central/NAV/Navision expert, founded "Navision Planet" in 2009. Certified in Business Central , D365 - Commerce and many more. He blogs on the latest updates and various modules of Business Central & LS Central, showcasing expertise in SQL, Microsoft Power Platforms, and over 150 organizations of work experience.


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