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VS Code in the browser for everyone


  • Gitpod introduces open-source project OpenVSCode Server that runs the latest VS Code on a remote machine accessed through a modern web browser.
  • The project is backed by GitLab, VMware, Uber, SAP, Sourcegraph, RStudio, SUSE and many others.

This looks like exciting news. Gitpod has open sourced their OpenVSCode Server! 🎉

GitHub logo gitpod-io / openvscode-server

Run upstream VS Code on a remote machine with access through a modern web browser from any device, anywhere.

OpenVSCode Server

Gitpod ready-to-code GitHub Discord

What is this?

This project provides a version of VS Code that runs a server on a remote machine and allows access through a modern web browser. It's based on the very same architecture used by Gitpod or GitHub Codespaces at scale.

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VS Code has traditionally been a desktop IDE built with web technologies. A few years back, people started patching it in order to run it in a remote context and to make it accessible through web browsers. These efforts have been complex and error prone, because many changes had to be made across the large code base of VS Code.

Luckily, in 2019 the VS Code team started to refactor its architecture to support a browser-based working mode. While this architecture has been adopted by Gitpod and GitHub, the important bits have not been open-sourced, until now. As a result, many people in the community…

You can read the full write up in their latest blog post.

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Nick Taylor Author • Edited on

If you want to see a walkthrough of OpenVSCode Server, Nader Dabit has got you covered.