Visual Studio Code behind a proxy with pip install

What You Will Learn

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up Visual Studio Code to function behind a proxy while utilizing pip for installing Python packages.

Introduction to the Problem and Solution

In scenarios where internet access is limited, like in corporate or educational settings, configuring Visual Studio Code to operate with pip through a proxy becomes crucial. This involves adjusting configurations within both Visual Studio Code and pip.

To tackle this challenge effectively, we need to establish the necessary settings in Visual Studio Code and system environment variables associated with proxies. By carefully following the steps provided below, you can ensure that pip installations run smoothly even when working behind a proxy.


# Configure pip to work behind a proxy
# Open the command prompt and set HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY environment variables:
# Replace 'http://proxy_address:port' with your actual proxy address and port number

setx HTTP_PROXY "http://proxy_address:port"
setx HTTPS_PROXY "http://proxy_address:port"

# Verify if the variables are correctly set by running:

# Proceed with installing Python packages using pip after configuring the proxies

# Copyright PHD

Note: Remember to substitute ‘http://proxy_address:port’ with your specific proxy address and port number.


To enable pip functionality behind a proxy in Visual Studio Code, it is essential to configure the appropriate environment variables for HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY. These variables inform pip about the designated proxy server for routing its traffic during package downloads from repositories like PyPI.

  1. Setting Environment Variables: Utilize the setx command in Command Prompt (Windows) or export command (Linux/Mac) to define values for HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY.
  2. Verifying Proxy Settings: The echo %HTTP_PROXY% command confirms the correct setup of environmental variables.
  3. Installing Packages: Once the proxies are configured, proceed with installing Python packages via pip as usual.

By adhering to these steps, you can ensure seamless operation of pip even when Visual Studio Code functions within a network proxy environment.

  1. How do I find my proxy address?

  2. You can typically obtain your network’s proxy address from your IT department or network administrator.

  3. Can I use authentication for my proxy?

  4. Yes, if your network mandates authentication for accessing the internet through a proxy, additional configurations may be necessary based on your organization’s policies.

  5. Do I need administrator privileges to set up proxies?

  6. On certain systems such as Windows machines, administrative privileges might be required when configuring environment variables.

  7. What if I have multiple proxies for HTTP/HTTPS?

  8. If distinct proxies are designated for HTTP and HTTPS connections, remember to set both HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY respectively.

  9. Does this configuration apply only within Visual Studio Code?

  10. No, once these system-wide environmental variables are configured, they will be effective across all applications on your system, including those initiated from VSCode terminal.


By configuring Visual Studio Code to seamlessly operate behind network proxies, uninterrupted package installation using pip is ensured. Understanding how environmental variables impact package installations empowers developers to overcome connectivity challenges commonly encountered in restricted network setups.

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