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Getting Started with GitHub Co-Pilot in Visual Studio: Your Ultimate Guide

Introduction: GitHub Co-Pilot is revolutionizing the way developers write code by providing AI-powered assistance directly within their Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). If you’re a Visual Studio user looking to enhance your coding experience, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up GitHub Co-Pilot in Visual Studio, unlocking its full potential to streamline your coding workflow.

Step 1: Install Visual Studio Extension

The first step is to ensure you have Visual Studio installed on your system. If not, download and install the latest version from the official Visual Studio website.

Once Visual Studio is installed, follow these steps to install the GitHub Co-Pilot extension:

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Navigate to Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. In the Extensions window, search for “GitHub Co-Pilot” in the search bar.
  4. Click on the “Download” button next to the GitHub Co-Pilot extension.
  5. Once the download is complete, click on the “Install” button to install the extension.
  6. Restart Visual Studio to apply the changes.

Step 2: Sign in to GitHub

GitHub Co-Pilot relies on your GitHub account to provide personalized code suggestions. If you don’t already have a GitHub account, sign up for free at

To link your GitHub account with Visual Studio, follow these steps:

  1. In Visual Studio, go to Tools > Options.
  2. In the Options window, navigate to GitHub > Account Settings.
  3. Click on the “Sign in with your browser” link.
  4. Enter your GitHub credentials and sign in.
  5. Once signed in, close the Options window.

Step 3: Enable GitHub Co-Pilot

With the GitHub Co-Pilot extension installed and your GitHub account linked, it’s time to enable Co-Pilot within Visual Studio:

  1. Open a new or existing project in Visual Studio.
  2. Navigate to View > GitHub Co-Pilot.
  3. Click on the GitHub Co-Pilot option to enable it.

Step 4: Start Coding with Co-Pilot

Now that GitHub Co-Pilot is enabled, you can start experiencing its AI-powered assistance as you write code in Visual Studio.

  1. Open a code file within your project.
  2. As you start typing code, GitHub Co-Pilot will provide context-aware suggestions in real-time.
  3. Review the suggestions offered by Co-Pilot and accept them by pressing the Tab key or clicking on the desired suggestion.
  4. Co-Pilot will continue to learn from your coding patterns and provide increasingly accurate suggestions over time.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up GitHub Co-Pilot in Visual Studio, empowering yourself with AI-assisted coding capabilities. With Co-Pilot by your side, you can boost your productivity, write code faster, and explore new coding possibilities effortlessly.

Experiment with GitHub Co-Pilot in your projects, and discover how it can revolutionize your coding experience within Visual Studio. Embrace the future of coding with GitHub Co-Pilot today!

Stay tuned for more tips, tutorials, and insights on leveraging the latest tools and technologies for software development. Happy coding!

By Bart van Duinkerken

Driven and energetic consultant and developer with 8+ years of experience working on complex projects with clients across multiple business lines. Fluent in Dutch and English; Self-taught .NET developer; Skilled at bridging the gap between business and IT. Excellent at analyzing business requirements and translating them to development needs. Love working with ambitious people not scared of thinking outside of the box. Enjoy guiding and others understanding business requirements.