Dev URLs

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Learn how to configure dev URL support for a Coder deployment.

Developer (Dev) URLs allow users to access the ports of services they develop within their workspace. However, before individual developers can set up dev URLs, an administrator must configure and enable dev URL usage.

Before you proceed

You must own a wildcard DNS record for your custom domain name to enable and use dev URLs with Coder.

Enabling the use of dev URLs

Dev URLs is an opt-in feature. To enable dev URLs in your cluster, you'll need to modify your:

  1. Helm chart
  2. Wildcard DNS record

Step 1: Modify the Helm chart

Set to a wildcard domain pointing to your ingress controller:

helm upgrade coder coder/coder --set"*"

If you're using the default ingress controller, specifying a value for automatically adds a rule that routes dev URL requests to the user's workspace:

 - host: "*"
      - path: /
          serviceName: envproxy
          servicePort: 8080

If you are providing an ingress controller, then you will need to add the rule manually.

Step 2: Modify the wildcard DNS record

The final step to enabling dev URLs is to update your wildcard DNS record. Get the ingress IP address using kubectl --namespace coder get ingress and point your wildcard DNS record (e.g., * to the ingress IP address.

Setting dev URL access permissions

Once you've enabled dev URLs for users, you can set the maximum access level. To do so, go to Manage > Admin. On the Infrastructure tab, scroll down to Dev URL Access Permissions.

Maximum access level Description
Public Accessible by anyone with access to the network your cluster is on
Authenticated Accessible by any authenticated Coder user
Organization Accessible by anyone in the user's organization
Private Accessible only by the user

Setting dev URL permissions

You can set the maximum access level, but developers may choose to restrict access further.

For example, if you set the maximum access level as Authenticated, then any dev URLs created for workspaces in your Coder deployment will be accessible to any authenticated Coder user.

The developer, however, can choose to set a stricter permission level (e.g., allowing only those in their organization to use the dev URL). Developers cannot choose a more permissive option.

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