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About

Coder is a self-hosted platform that allows organizations to securely provision developer workspaces for DevOps, infrastructure, and software engineering teams.

Coder's pre-configured workspaces allow project organization members to define what language version and tooling are required to provide consistency across the organization and enable new members to onboard and contribute. Developers focus on their projects and the end product, not on setup.

These pre-configured workspaces are the foundation of Coder's Dev Workspaces as Code paradigm, allowing a project's language and tooling dependencies to be source controlled along with the code itself.

With Coder, engineers can continue using the development tools, CI/CD pipelines, source code management systems, and editors they know and love while leveraging the power of cloud and automation.

Our mission

Developers should spend their time writing code, not getting their development workspace ready. Coder aims to empower organizations to harness the cloud's power to provide consistent, secure, and performant workspaces for their development teams.

Our software has been pulled over 19 million times from Docker, received over 45,000 stars on GitHub, and is used by some of the world's largest enterprises. We're also working with pilot organizations to shape the future of remote development through Coder.

Why Coder

Coder's dev workspaces as code paradigm is new for software development. Its key benefits include:

Automated setup and instant onboarding: Your workspaces are created via pre-configured images, so there's little setup time for your developers. New developers can begin contributing right away instead of spending time setting up their workspace.

Onboarding

  • Workspace consistency: Every component of your workspaces is predefined and preapproved, reducing configuration drift caused by variations in development workspaces. The images used to create workspaces can also be source-controlled the way that your code is.

  • Performant workspaces: Coder empowers you to use servers over local hardware to perform resource-intensive development operations. Developers are, therefore, not limited to the computing power of the device on which they're working or the slow network uploads of large files. All processes are performed on the cluster, with only the commands sent over the network.

    Performance

  • Zero overhead: Coder performs all graphical rendering on the client, minimizing network traffic and resulting in zero overhead for most workspaces. This reduces things like typing lag -- Coder enables remote access with the performance of a local workspace.

  • Simple updates: As soon as you push updates to your organization's base development image, developers receive notifications in the dashboard that there's an update available. Your developers can upgrade when convenient, and you can track which versions your developers are using, providing visibility into workspace consistency.

    Updates

  • Centralized source code: Keeping source code centralized on company servers mitigates the risk of loss or theft. Developers can work on their projects from anywhere while using any device with an internet browser.

    Security

  • Improved security: Development actions are centralized on your internal infrastructure, allowing insight into potential threats. Furthermore, deploying Coder into an air-gapped workspace will provide additional protection around your organization's intellectual property.

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