How to Fix Install 'code' Path Command - EACCES: permission denied

On a new Mac, I was doing my usual setup, which involves setting up a shortcut to open a folder in VS Code by using the code command in the terminal.

To install you need to open the command prompt by running:

cmd + shift + p

This will open the menu and you can search for commands by beginning to type.

If when you run the following command you get the "EACCES: permission denied" error:

Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH

You can fix it easily by running the uninstall command first.

The full command looks like this:

Shell Command: Uninstall 'code' command in PATH

This will ask for admin permissions and uninstall the PATH.

Then you can rerun:

Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH

Now you should have the shortcut installed! 🪄

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Written by Niall Maher

Founder of Codú - The web developer community! I've worked in nearly every corner of technology businesses; Lead Developer, Software Architect, Product Manager, CTO and now happily a Founder.


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