For a long time I have been using Neovim as my main editor, but sometimes I do find myself in situations where VSCode is more convenient, for example when working with notebooks. In Neovim I have been using Lazygit combined with Toggleterm in order to quickly access a popup lazygit window with a quick shortcut. For VSCode there is no plugin to do this AFIK (please let me know if I am wrong). However I have been able to find a nice workaround using VSCode Tasks.

Setting up the task

First of all we must configure our tasks. In VSCode, open the command pallette, and select “Open user tasks”. This will open a json file defining your tasks. My tasks file is then set up as follows:

  // See
  // for the documentation about the tasks.json format
  "version": "2.0.0",
  "tasks": [
      "label": "maximize_terminal",
      "command": "${command:workbench.action.toggleMaximizedPanel}"
      "label": "lazygit",
      "type": "shell",
      "command": "lazygit",
      "presentation": {
        "echo": true,
        "reveal": "always",
        "focus": true,
        "panel": "dedicated",
        "clear": false,
        "close": true
      "dependsOn": "maximize_terminal"
      "label": "close_lazygit",
      "command": "${command:workbench.action.toggleMaximizedPanel}",
      "dependsOn": "lazygit"

You can see there are three tasks defined:

  • maximize_terminal – maximizes the terminal view so we can focus on lazygit
  • lazygit – actually runs lazygit
  • close_lazygit – minimize our terminal after we have run the command

Somewhat counterintuitively it is the “close_lazygit” task that we must run, as we rely on the dependsOn property to make the chainning of commands work. Now you can bind any shortcut to run this. For me I have defined it to be the same as my neovim shortcut, and since I use the neovim plugin for VSCode, I do it in my neovim configure

local keymap = vim.api.nvim_set_keymap
local function remap(mode, from, to)
  keymap(mode, from, to, opts)

remap("n", "<leader>gg", "<Cmd>call VSCodeNotify('workbench.action.tasks.runTask', 'close_lazygit')<CR>")

I hope you found this small guide helpful!