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Install Umbraco on your local computer with Visual Studio Code

There are a number of ways you can set up Umbraco on your local computer. The option you choose is really down to the way you prefer to work. Here we run down how to get up and running using Visual Studio Code.

With that in mind, before we get going you need to make sure you have Visual Studio Code installed. If you do not yet have it installed then you can download it via the Microsoft website and then follow the instructions to install.

Also, make sure you have downloaded the Umbraco CMS zip file.

Step 1

Open Visual Studio Code, go to Extensions, search for IIS Express for VSCode and install it.

VS Code IIS Express add-on.

Step 2

Open the folder containing the extracted Zip folder of Umbraco CMS.

Open Umbraco folder with VS Code.

Umbraco root folder is open in VS Code.

Step 3

Now you can run the Umbraco CMS in a browser by hitting CTRL+F5 then choosing which browser in the prompt window. 

Run IIS Express to launch Umbraco from VS Code.

Step 4

Please wait until the installation page has loaded (this may take a few minutes). You will then be presented with the Umbraco setup wizard.

Umbraco CMS installation screen open in browser.

Step 5

Proceed through the Umbraco setup.


Step 1

Sign up

Start a free trial of Site Builder.

Step 2


Tailor the look and feel with the Visual Designer to suit your brand.

Step 3


Add content with built-in eCommerce and third-party integrations.

Step 4


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