SFTP with Visual Studio

  1. Extensions: Install Extension

  2. Install ftp-sync

    • PROs:

      • setup is simple via template file

    • CONs:

      • syncing triggers are too involved

      • any file that you don't explicitly save, will not be synced over

      • if you are working for a long time without sync then even saving a file won't cause the trigger from local to remote to activate

      • file permissions aren't synced over from local to remote accurately

      • no clear way to setup 2-way automatic sync

    • Verdict:

      • Use another plugin, this one isn't good enough.

  3. Configure the generated template file myProject/.vscode/ftp-sync.json:

    "remotePath": "/root/dev/myProject",
    "host": "my-digitalocean-box.domain.com",
    "username": "root",
    "port": 22,
    "secure": true,
    "protocol": "sftp",
    "uploadOnSave": true,
    "passive": false,
    "debug": false,
    "privateKeyPath": "/path/to/.ssh/id_rsa",
    "passphrase": "password_for_id_rsa",
    "ignore": [
  4. That's it.