February 7th, 2022

Automate developer onboarding with Coder

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Ben Potter
Developer Advocate


Why you should automate developer onboarding

It happens too often. A new software engineer joins the team eager to get started. Then they end up waiting days to get the proper hardware, access keys, and instructions for setting up the development environment that they need.

And it doesn’t necessarily end there. The getting started documentation is often outdated or lacking. Setup scripts can be flaky and hard to troubleshoot.

It’s frustrating for engineers and their managers.

There’s a better way to onboard engineers: remote, preconfigured workspaces.

With preconfigured workspaces, changes to the tech stack are self-documenting, similar to the infrastructure as code padadigm.

Onboarding with Coder

How it works

Coder helps developers self-serve workspaces, hosted on your organization’s infrastructure. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Launching a Coder workspace template from a git repository


  • Develop on any device with the web browser, or use desktop IDEs
  • Pre-install languages, IDEs, web apps, and VS Code extensions in workspaces
  • Manage groups of users and images in "Organizations"

Use cases

For new engineers: a workspace spins up in minutes with all of the required software, including a variety of IDEs to connect from. One less thing to worry about at a new job! (example)

For engineering leaders: development environments stay in sync for your team and codebase, eliminating troubleshooting time and rigid onboarding docs.

For DevOps teams: workspaces are defined via container images, allowing developers to self-serve infrastructure in a secure and repeatable way. Leverage your build pipeline and security scanning to make new software a pull request away!

Next steps

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code-server: the heart of Coder

code-server is the primary open source project we maintain. It allows developers to use a browser to access remote dev environments running VS Code. Coder builds upon the success of code-server and adds features designed for enterprise teams including support for additional IDEs and advanced security features.