Workspaces

Workspaces

Workspaces contain the IDEs, dependencies, and configuration information needed for software development.

Create workspaces

Each Coder user has their own workspaces created from shared templates:

# create a workspace from the template; specify any variables
create --template="<templateName>" <workspaceName>

# show the resources behind the workspace and how to connect
coder show <workspace-name>

IDEs

Coder supports multiple IDEs for use with your workspaces.

Workspace lifecycle

Workspaces in Coder are started and stopped, often based on whether there was any activity or if there was a template update available.

Resources are often destroyed and re-created when a workspace is restarted, though the exact behavior depends on the template's definitions. For more information, see persistent and ephemeral resources.

⚠️ To avoid data loss, refer to your template documentation for information on where to store files, install software, etc., so that they persist. Default templates are documented in ../examples/templates.

You can use coder show <workspace-name> to see which resources are persistent and which are ephemeral.

When a workspace is deleted, all of the workspace's resources are deleted.

Updating workspaces

Use the following command to update a workspace to the latest template version. The workspace will be stopped and started:

coder update <workspace-name>

Up next

  • Learn about how to personalize your workspace with Dotfiles
  • Learn about using IDEs

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