Coder vs. Gitpod: Which is better for your team?

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Ben Potter
 on January 18th, 2022

Gitpod and Coder both provide developers with reproducible, powerful, cloud-based developer environments or workspaces, but they differ dramatically in their target audience: While Gitpod appears to be focused on individuals or small teams, Coder is focused on making cloud development available to the enterprise.

Here's how to choose the best fit for your development team.

Why remote developement

Today most developers have their IDEs on their local machines. There is a growing interest in moving development workspaces and IDEs to the cloud, which solves some key problems for organizations while also offering advantages for the developer:

Gitpod: Easy to get started

Gitpod is very focused on the developer experience. Getting started with Gitpod is easy. In fact you can launch a new workspace for a project by navigating to https://gitpod.io/#repo-url. Like Coder, they developed (and open-sourced) a fork of VS Code suited for the web browser. Using a familiar IDE makes it simpler for developers to transition to remote development, since they do not need to learn new shortcuts, extensions, etc. Gitpod also supports different IDEs beyond VS Code in the web browser. Developers can choose between VS Code (Web), VS Code (Local), and beta support for IntelliJ IDEs to write code.

Gitpod’s opinionated model for development environments can work well for new projects and small teams building web applications. All workspaces are ephemeral, run in containers, and new workspaces can be created for each task (feature, bugfix, code review) a developer does.

Coder: Supporting enterprises at scale

While Gitpod has a self-hosted option, it has limited administrative features, and features from their SaaS (e.g prebuilds) have not been supported. Coder, on the other hand, is focused primarily on self-hosted deployments and empowering developers at enterprises.

One example is multi-cluster support. With Coder, multiple workspace providers can be deployed so developers can develop remotely with low-latency wherever they are on the globe. This is particularly useful for organizations that may have teams of developers that are geographically distributed. Coder also supports other enterprise-grade features such as built-in single-sign-on, an audit log, configurable workspace resources, quotas, and usage metrics.

Coder supports different types of infrastructure. While Coder can run on Kubernetes, it is not required. Coder also runs on Docker and has support for AWS EC2-based workspaces. More infrastructure variety will be added in 2022.

Enterprises can confidently deploy Coder at scale in their organization, measure its adoption, and configure their deployment to match requirements for different teams.

With that being said, the developer experience with Coder is not an afterthought. Coder supports multiple IDEs, custom applications, full Linux desktop, container development, GPU support, REST access, CLI access, and personalization to enable developers and teams to move their existing workflows to remote workspaces.

Coder Gitpod
Try in seconds (cloud)
Cloud version
Self-host (Docker)
Self-host (Kubernetes)
Self-host (Multi-region)
Organizations/teams Beta
SSO Support Custom quote
Usage metrics
Audit log
Configurable workspace resources and limits
GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket integration
Use VS Code IDEs
Use JetBrains IDEs Beta
Custom apps and IDEs
Docker in workspaces
GPUs in workspaces
Configure workspace images and templates
Workspace pre-builds
Workspace snapshots
CLI
REST API
Collaboration via third-party
IDE extensions

This table was last updated on 01/18/2022. Please contact us if you find inaccuracies or missing information.

Customer Spotlight: NOV

When NOV needed to support multiple remote IDEs for data scientists on their infrastructure, Coder was the answer.

Pricing

Gitpod has a free self-hosted plan with limited features. With complete feature support, Gitpod costs $35/user/month after 10 users. Coder costs a flat $35/user/month after a 60-day trial.

With hosted (SaaS) workspaces, Gitpod has a number of different plans but costs roughly $39/user/month for teams.

Next steps

It takes around 5 minutes to self-host Coder with Docker, see our documentation. You can also request a demo of Coder.

Gitpod is also easy to try, you can try their SaaS or self-host with Kubernetes.

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