Kevin Boosten
Kevin Boosten Front-end developer with passion for Angular and mobile development with Ionic and Capacitor.

VSCode Explorer File Nesting

VSCode Explorer File Nesting

Since a couple of months I left my previous company to start working at Kambr🛫. Where I was reunited with an old colleague. He and I were always debating about Webstorm vs VSCode; and we still are 😏. So the other day he was showing me some code when I noticed some specific file nesting behavior I hadn’t seen for quite some time…and so it started…can VSCode do that?

Today I want to show you a nice new feature of VSCode called: Explorer File Nesting. It has been made publicly available since the release of April 2022 (version 1.67).

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What it basically does, is to allow you to nest certain files that are related to each other. So in my example I’m using Vue and each *.Vue file has an associated *.spec.ts test file. This can help you to free up some space in your IDE and mental view.

There are several settings to control this behavior:

  • explorer.fileNesting.enabled - Controls whether file nesting is enabled at-large. It can be set either globally or for a specific workspace.
  • explorer.fileNesting.expand - Controls whether nested files are expanded by default.
  • explorer.fileNesting.patterns - Controls how files are nested. The default configuration provides nesting intelligence for TypeScript and JavaScript projects, but you’re encouraged to modify this to fit your own project’s structure. Some examples:

File Nesting Configs + Extension

Having trouble finding the correct configuration? Definitely check out this repo that has a lot of valuable configs: https://github.com/antfu/vscode-file-nesting-config

It even comes with an VSCode extension!

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