Gitpod Goes Open Source
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 27 August 2020

Gitpod, a Kubernetes application that provides a collaborative development environments in your browser, is now open source. Coding in Gitpod uses Eclipse Theia, which is similar to VS Code. Gitpod is also tightly integrated with GitLab, GitHub, and Bitbucket.

Gitpod provides an IDE that can be launched from any GitHub page. Along with the in-browser IDE you get a cloud-based Linux container configured specifically for the current project.


Eclipse Theia is described as a true open source alternative to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code. Theia is an extensible platform to develop multi-language Cloud and Desktop IDEs.

Theia has been designed to give an extensible platform to develop multi-language Cloud and Desktop IDE-like products for developers. Using Theia means Gitpod offers coding support features in the IDE such as syntax highlighting and auto-complete. While the current IDE is based on Theia, the developers plan to allow the use of other IDEs as well.


VS Code extensions are supported, and you can use any VS Code extension by installing it from the integrated vendor-neutral marketplace Open VSX.

Gitpod supports prebuilt dev environments, and it continuously builds your git branches like a CI server.What this means is that whenever your code changes for reasons such as when new commits are pushed to your repository, Gitpod can prebuild workspaces, i.e. run the init commands in your .gitpod.yml before you even start a workspace. This means that when you create a new workspace on a branch, or Pull/Merge Request, for which a prebuild exists, this workspace will load much faster, because all dependencies will have been already downloaded ahead of time, and your code will be already compiled.

Parallel workspaces are another feature - essentially each browser tab acts as a separate workspace so that if one workspace is occupied with work in progress, you can open a second tab for different work.

Gitpod It includes an integrated Docker build and supports integrated code reviews. You can take snapshots of any stat of your dev environment and let others create clones, and the team development options include the ability to Invite team members to your environments.


More Information

Theia Website

Gitpod Website

Gitpod On GitHub

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