Supporting Jetty for Java in Visual Studio Code

Xiaokai He

Eclipse Jetty is a popular web server and servlet container in Java community. We’ve released a new Jetty extension for Visual Studio Code that makes it easy to run and deploy WAR packages (Web Application aRchive), operate your Jetty servers, and interact with your application from within the editor. Today this extension includes the following features:

  • Add Jetty Server from download directory
  • Start/Restart/Stop/Delete Jetty Server
  • Run/Debug/Delete WAR packages
  • Open WAR package directories in File Explorer / Finder
  • Open Server homepage
  • Open WAR package homepage

Jetty for Java in Visual Studio Code

Other Updates

There are many additional new features added to our Java extension lineup for VS Code.

Debugger for Java

  1. Support restart frame. It allows you to restart at the beginning of a method or any method on the stack. This is useful when using DCEVM or jrebel to inject code changes and rerun them.
  2. Support auto-complete for debug console. It works the same as in the editor.

Java Test Runner

  1. Support for test configurations. You can now configure your test setting through command java.test.configure. It supports following configurations:
    • projectName
    • workingDirectory
    • args
    • margs
    • preLaunchTask
  2. And you can run/debug with config through CodeLens or test explorer context menu.


  1. Support automatically run operations against the server when there is only one Tomcat Server in workspace
  2. Enable “Open in Browser” command for idle server too
  3. Support right click on server to select a war package to debug


  1. Added support for setting JAVA_HOME and other environment variables through configuration settings.
  2. Supported to put popular archetypes ahead when generating projects.
  3. Supported to append default options for mvn commands.

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Join us at //Build

If you’re attending Microsoft //Build, please join us for a workshop session on Monday, May 7, in which we will walk you through the experience to create and “dockerize” a java Spring Boot app and then deploy it to the cloud. You can also find our team at the “Tools” area in the expo if you’d like to talk to the team behind the Java support for Visual Studio Code.

Try it out

Please don’t hesitate to try using VS Code for your Java development and let us know how you like it! VS code is a lightweight and performant code editor and our goal is to make it great for Java developers!


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