Code Editors

There are multiple code editors that you could use in when creating your Empirica apps. Here we share some information about Editors/IDEs we use and recommend.

VS Code

Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is a cross-platform editor from Microsoft. It has a plethora of features, built-in tools, and plugins to help your write and debug your Empirica code. And it is particularly easy to install, launch, and use.

To get started, head over to, download the installer, and follow the instructions. That's it's you're ready to go.

On Windows with WSL

You first need to install it on your normal Windows machine as instructed above. Then you need to get this extension install on your VS Code:

Once this is done, you can easily launch VS Code from the command line in your WSL with:

code <directory>

Or if you want to open the directory you are currently in with VS Code you can use:

code .