Add Developer PowerShell and Developer Command Prompt for Visual Studio to Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is great, I use it for all my command line work. It automatically detects new shells that are installed on your system, like the shell for Ubuntu or PowerShell Core 7. Unfortunately, it doesn’t detect the Developer Command Prompt and Developer PowerShell for Visual Studio. Luckily, you can add them yourself!


The steps are rather simple:

  • Open Windows Terminal
  • Open the Settings through the UI (see screenshot) or with Ctrl+,
  • In the settings.json file that opens in your favorite code editor, locate the lists array inside the profiles object

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Inside that lists array, you can add your additional profiles. In this case, for the Visual Studio command prompts, just use the following snippet:

                "name": "Developer PowerShell for VS 2019",
                "commandline": "powershell.exe -noe -c "&{$vsPath = &(Join-Path ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)} '\\Microsoft Visual Studio\\Installer\\vswhere.exe') -property installationpath; Import-Module (Join-Path $vsPath 'Common7\\Tools\\Microsoft.VisualStudio.DevShell.dll'); Enter-VsDevShell -VsInstallPath $vsPath -SkipAutomaticLocation}"",
                "icon": "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\\Microsoft Visual Studio\\2019\\Enterprise\\Common7\\IDE\\Assets\\VisualStudio.70x70.contrast-standard_scale-180.png"
                "name": "Developer Command Prompt for VS 2019",
                "commandline": "%comspec%  /k "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\\Microsoft Visual Studio\\2019\\Enterprise\\Common7\\Tools\\VsDevCmd.bat"",
                "icon": "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\\Microsoft Visual Studio\\2019\\Enterprise\\Common7\\IDE\\Assets\\VisualStudio.70x70.contrast-standard_scale-180.png"

Save the settings.json file, and now the new options show when opening a new tab:


Time to do your Visual Studio command line work in the fancy new Windows Terminal!