Apple M1 + VS Code: ARM Template and Template Language Service

Maarten Merken
Geek Culture
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3 min readMay 4, 2021


Azure Bicep is increasing popularity presently, we started adopting this new DSL for Azure ARM some months ago and we have now completely switched over to using Bicep in favour of ARM-based templates.

After installing the Azure ARM and Bicep extensions on an M1 Mac you might see the following errors:

The fix is two-fold, you need to install both the 3.1 and 5.0 dotnet runtime on your machine using a Rosetta Terminal, and you need to configure the extension to use that runtime installation

Rosetta Terminal

If you don’t have a Rosetta Terminal yet, you can make one yourself by copying the from the Applications/Utilities directory.


⌘ + C

⌘ + V

After copying, rename the new to Rosetta

Right-click the Rosetta and select Get Info.

Select the checkbox Open using Rosetta

Close the information window.

Installing the dotnet runtimes using Rosetta Terminal

Launch the new Rosetta

Open an ARM template file in VS Code, you will see the following error:

Select the .NET Runtime output stream.

Select the installer command that this extension tried to execute:

Paste and run the command you selected above in your Rosetta

Open a Bicep file and your should get the same error on the dotnet 5.0 runtime…

Repeat the previous steps, select the command from the output window and paste inside the Rosetta

Configuring the extensions

Now we need to configure these extensions to use the correct dotnet command.

Open VS Code.

Press ⌘ + SHIFT +P and type ‘Open settings’, select the Open Settings (JSON) option:

Add the following to your settings.json file:

"dotnetAcquisitionExtension.existingDotnetPath": [    {         "extensionId": "msazurermtools.azurerm-vscode-tools",         "path": "/usr/local/share/dotnet/dotnet"    },    {        "extensionId": "ms-azuretools.vscode-bicep",        "path": "/usr/local/share/dotnet/dotnet"    }]

Save and reload, you should be able to launch the ARM Template and Bicep Language Server now!