Create a prototype for new users Prototype Kit requirements (Linux)

You'll usually need admin access to your machine to install the software.

If you do not have admin access, ask your IT team to install the software for you.

GDS staff can install the software themselves with the Self Service app.


Linux comes with a terminal application.

You'll need to use the terminal to create, start and stop prototypes. Using a terminal is sometimes called ‘using the command line’.

Code editor

You'll need a code editor to make changes to your prototype. VS Code is a well established and fairly accessible code editor.

Download VS Code

VS Code keyboard shortcuts
  • ctrl and s = save your changes
  • ctrl and p = search for a file in your project
  • ctrl and f = search for something in your file

Find out more about how to use VS Code