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>


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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