How to SetUp Emulator For VSCode?

How to set up an Emulator For VSCode? (Updated)

An Emulator is a hardware device or software program that enables one computer system to imitate the functions of another computer system. So, in this article, we will go through  How to set up an Emulator for VSCode?

So, the emulator enables the host system to run the software, tools, peripheral devices, and other components that are designed for the guest system.

From version 2.13.0 of Dart Code, emulators can be launched directly from within the code. But this feature relies on support from the Flutter tools. So that means it will only show emulators when using a very recent Flutter SDK. Flutter’s master channel already has this change. But it may take a little longer to filter through to the dev and beta channels. This would be beneficial in android as well. May you want to know how to run android emulator in visual studio code, you can take this guide as a reference and solve your questions.

We have tested this feature and worked very well on flutter version 0.5.6-pre.61

Setup Emulator In Flutter
Setup Emulator In Flutter

You do not need Android Studio to create or run a Virtual Device. Just use SDK manager and avdmanager from the android SDK tools.

  • Use the SDK manager to download a system image of Android for the x86 system. e.g. SDK manager “system-images;android-21;default;x86_64
  • Then create a new virtual device using avd manager. e.g. avdmanager create avd –name AndroidDevice01 –package “system-images;android-21;default;x86_64”
  • Then run the new virtual device using the emulator. If you don’t have it just install it using the SDK manager. e.g. emulator -avd AndroidDevice01
  • If you restart VSCode and load your Flutter project. The new device should show up at the bottom right of the footer.

For those people using a Mac, you can go to your terminal and type

$ open -a

So, this command will open the simulator. After that, just go to the Debug option and tap on “Start Debugging”.

iOS Emulator
iOS Emulator

If you want to test with an Android Emulator:

What we did was to go first to Android Studio and open a virtual Device with AVD Manager. After that, you’ll see other devices in your Visual Studio Code.

Android Emulator Flutter
Android Emulator Flutter

In the bottom right you’ll see now that you have 2 devices connected. So, now you can test with any of these devices. Also, you can use the ‘Android iOS Emulator’ plugin and Add the Android Studio Emulator script to your settings in Visual Studio Code:


emulator.emulatorPath": "~/Library/Android/sdk/tools/emulator


emulator.emulatorPath": "<your android home>\\Sdk\\emulator\\emulator.exe


emulator.emulatorPath": "~/Documents/SDK/tools

Also, your visual studio code settings are found here: File -> Preferences -> Setting -> User Setting -> Extensions -> Emulator Configuration. Open command palette Cmd-Shift-P -> Type Emulator.


then type

Flutter:launch emulator

Run this command in your VS code terminal flutter emulators then see the result. Moreover, if you have installed any emulator it will show you. So, to run one of them use flutter emulators –launch your_emulator_id. But if you haven’t installed any emulator you can install one with flutter emulators –create [–name xyz] then run your project flutter run inside the root directory of the project.

Updating the extension:

Updates to the extensions are shipped on a regular basis. By default, VS Code automatically updates extensions when updates are available. To install updates manually:

  • Click the Extensions button in the Side Bar.
  • If the Flutter extension is shown with an available update, click the update button and then the reload button.
  • Restart VS Code.


Thanks for being with us! So, in this article, we learned how to run an emulator in visual studio code.

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Nirali Patel

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Nirali Patel is a dedicated Flutter developer with over two years of experience, specializing in creating seamless mobile applications using Dart. With a passion for crafting user-centric solutions, Nirali combines technical proficiency with innovative thinking to push the boundaries of mobile app development.


  1. I u dera todo everything, but I don’t know how to “Use the sdkmanager to download a system image of Android”. I have opened the terminal and entered the sdkmanager folder, but when I type sdkmanager it says ”command not found”.

  2. I understood everything, but I don’t know how to “Use the sdkmanager to download a system image of Android”. I have opened the terminal and entered the sdkmanager folder, but when I type sdkmanager it says ”command not found”.
    Can you help me?

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