GitLab Releases Web IDE Beta
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 22 December 2022

GitLab, the web-based repository manager for Git, has a new Web IDE. The beta release is available to everybody, and is enabled by default on the GitLab website.

GitLab has rebuilt the Web IDE on top of the open source VS Code project with the goal of making it simpler for people to contribute, regardless of their development experience.


The new Web IDE is designed to be more user-friendly and efficient, combining VS Code's core features with better performance and the ability to securely connect to a remote development environment directly from the Web IDE.

The IDE has a customizable interface with collapsible panels and custom themes, and contextual actions and drag and drop support in the file panel . It lets users carry out find and replace across open files, and has an interactive document outline and visual history panel.

The new release uses less memory than the previous Web IDE, has better support for touchscreen devices, and offers improved reliability of tracking changes to files and directories.

The beta also introduces an entirely new category to GitLab by making it possible to securely connect to a remote development environment, run commands in an interactive terminal panel, and get real-time feedback from right inside the Web IDE. The development team says that this is the first of many features to be released as part of GitLab's new Remote Development category, with more planned in the near future.

Away from remote development, the team is working on adding support for VS Code extensions and enabling project-wide search. Developers who would prefer to continue using the old Web IDE can still do so via a  user preference that allows you to switch back and forth between the two whenever you want. GitLab Web IDE beta is available now.


More Information

GitLab Homepage

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