VSCode syntax highlighting for custom shebang

I work on VSCode.

The shebang mapping is defined by firstLine in the extension grammar contributions:

    "languages": [{
        "id": "python",
        "extensions": [ ".py", ".rpy", ".pyw", ".cpy", ".gyp", ".gypi" ],
        "aliases": [ "Python", "py" ],
        "firstLine": "^#!/.*\\bpython[0-9.-]*\\b",
        "configuration": "./language-configuration.json"

There is no setting to control this, but you could use file.associations to map these files to python directly.

Your specific example also seems like a bug to me. We currently only use the first line pattern if the entire line matches, which seems odd. I've opened an issue to investigate this: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/21533

To complement Matt Bierner's helpful answer:

The JSON settings Matt references are in <languageId>/package.json files in the following locations:

On GitHub:

  • https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/tree/master/extensions
  • E.g., for Python: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/blob/master/extensions/python/package.json

When installed:

  • In the resources/app/extensions subfolder of the VSCode installation folder; e.g.:

    • Windows (32-bit version):

      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft VS Code\resources\app\extensions
    • macOS:

      /Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/extensions
  • E.g, for Python:

    • Windows (32-bit version):

      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft VS Code\resources\app\extensions\python\package.json
    • macOS:

      /Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/extensions/python/package.json