How to build your own Code Snippet😎 in VS Code🚀

Having a code snippet will speed up🚀 your code. Even like React Functional Component, sometimes it will be a tedious😩 task to type it manually when you wanna use it.

So, buckle up🚀. We will build our own Code Snippet😎

let start

For mac users, you can go to the menu bar. Find the code, then open the preferences. You will see the user snippet bar


note : If you are a Window/Linux user, go to the settings. Then the same as above. 😉

VS Code will open this👇 search bar




I wanna build a React + Typescript snippet

In this case, I need to type typescriptreact.json


note : For other languages, you can just type that language. For example, vue.json, coffescript.json, and others.

You will get this instruction


So, this is my own code snippet😎 for ReactJS Functional Component in Typescript. You can try it😃

"Typescript React Function Component": {
        "prefix": "rtf",
        "body": [
            "import React from 'react'",
            "interface ${TM_FILENAME_BASE}Props {",
            "export const $TM_FILENAME_BASE: React.FC<${TM_FILENAME_BASE}Props> = (${1:props}) => {",
            "\treturn (<div>$2</div>);",
        "description": "Typescript React Function Component"

I put my code snippet like this ;

put my code

note : Don't forget to save your .json file😅

I build a new file to test this snippet => Snippet.tsx. Then type rtf, I get this IntelliSense


Awesome 🔥

When I press enter, it will be ;


Key points here ;

1) prefix : This is your shortcut name for that particular code snippet. For my React Functional Component in Typescript, I just want to type rtf😎

2) body : This will be your code snippet. At this point, you need to take note of another useful command.

  • " " = this will be a space or like <br> in HTML
  • $1, $2,...$n = This will be your possible variable
    • also, the place where the cursor start🏁/stop🛑

      note : Look at where the cursor starts when your code snippet appears. For my case, it will start at $1 place

  • ${1:props} = This is a label or placeholder. If you want to label the variable like $1, you can do like what I did. In my case, I label the props on the function to appoint the props in the interface column. So that I don't miss the interface props.😃
  • $TM_FILENAME_BASE = It will get your File name🔥. In my case, it is a Snippet
    • If you wanna combine the File name with another word like what I did, just wrap this word in the {bracket} and put that at before/after or center of the word that you wanna combine.

      For example : {$TM_FILENAME_BASE}Props. In my case, the result will be SnippetProps

  • description : You can put any description that you wanna do. Because this is your code snippet😂

Super duper Cool🔥

Actually, you have been given one code snippet example.

This one at the top



Let's build another one🤩

For this part, I want to make my own ReactJS Class Component in Typescript

"Typescript React Class Component": {
        "prefix": "rtc",
        "body": [
            "import React from 'react'",
            "interface Props {}",
            "interface State {}",
            "export default class $TM_FILENAME_BASE extends React.Component<Props, State> {",
            "state: State= {}",
            "render () {",
            "return (",
        "description": "Typescript React Function Component"

The result will be

Screenshot 2020-10-16 at 22.22.48.png

Wuhuuuu 🔥

You did it 🏁

Make your own Code Snippet now 🚀

Comments (2)

Jome Favourite's photo

Thanks for this, I've wondered how it was done

amirul asyraf's photo

Cool, go and build your own code snippet 🚀