A recent, silent update to the official Raspberry Pi OS that added a Microsoft repo caused a bit of a ruckus among the community, many of whom weren't happy about it being there or the way in which it had been added. Both new images and existing installs ended up with it, and while the official purpose is in relation to Visual Studio Code, the controversy had already set its roots.
This isn't discussing whether it's right or wrong or whether anyone should be worried. The good news, if you're in the camp that doesn't want a Microsoft repo "phoning home" every time you use apt update, the repo can be disabled.
How to disable the Microsoft repo on the Raspberry Pi
The fact the Microsoft repo isn't shown in sources.list might lead you to think you're stuck with it. Fortunately, as long as you know where to look, you can disable the repo and continue using Raspberry Pi OS.
The steps here were carried out on the desktop version of Raspberry Pi OS, but you'll also be able to carry this out if you're running a headless setup and have connected over SSH.
- Open up a terminal window.
sudo lsto check for an item called vscode.list.
- Next, enter
nano vscode.listto open the file in nano (substitute for your preferred text editor if required).
- Comment out the last line of the text file with the Microsoft URL in it.
- Save the file and exit the text editor.
sudo apt update
and you should no longer see the Microsoft repo being pinged on your Raspberry Pi. If you plan to run Visual Studio Code on your Raspberry Pi at all, however, you should probably leave it alone. Nevertheless, if you really don't want it, you can simply stop it from operating and be on your merry way.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Get the best of Windows Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.