Gitpod Launches VS Code Browser Server
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The developers of Gitpod have announced a new open source project for running VS Code in the browser. The project is based on Gitpod’s OpenVSCode Server, which runs a server on a remote machine and allows access through a web browser to run upstream, stock VS Code.

Gitpod is browser-based development environment that can be used collaboratively and is implemented as a Kubernetes application. Coding in Gitpod uses Eclipse Theia, which is similar to VS Code. 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.


The developers say that the project means everyone can make use of a browser-based VS Code developer experience, allowing developers and teams to run VS Code on cloud-powered servers and access it from any device.

gitpod vscode browser

Sven Efftinge, co-founder and CEO of Gitpod, said the company has been approached by both large organizations and individual developers asking how Gitpod runs its 'OpenVSCode Server’ implementation, as they wanted to adopt that approach within their own products and daily workflows. Effinge said:

"My hope is that this eliminates the need for bad forks of VS Code that introduce unnecessary complexity.”

Github Codespaces already supported browser-based, remote development, but because the Microsoft VS Code server implementation wasn't open source, developers haven't been able to run the most upstream VS Code in a browser and server context, as the source code driving Github Codespaces is not open source.

The new ‘OpenVSCode Server’ open source project will provide access to cloud-based IDEs, and to all VS Code extensions via the vendor-neutral OpenVSX marketplace. Because developers will then be using the same application that is also running on desktop, they always get the latest VS Code., through a new feature that lets you register additional Git providers.


More Information

Gitpod Open VSCode Server

Gitpod Website

Gitpod On GitHub

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