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Workspace templates
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Workspaces as code (WAC) allows you to define and create new environments using workspace templates.

Workspace templates are written as YAML and have a .yaml or .yml extension. Coder looks for your workspace template at the following path:

<repository-root>/.coder/coder.yaml

Template Location

Workspace template sample

The following is a sample workspace template that makes use of all available fields. Depending on your use case, you may not need all of the options available.

For detailed information on the fields available, see the subsequent sections of this article

version: 0.1
workspace:
  type: kubernetes
  spec:
    image: index.docker.io/ubuntu:18.04
    container-based-vm: true
    cpu: 4
    memory: 16
    disk: 128
    gpuCount: 1
    labels:
      com.coder.custom.hello: "hello"
      com.coder.custom.world: "world"
  configure:
    start:
      - name: "install curl"
        command: |
          apt update
          apt install -y curl
      - name: "install Go binary"
        command: "go install"
        directory: /home/coder/go/src/github.com/my-project
        shell: "bash"
        env:
          GOPATH: /home/coder/go

Workspace template fields

version

The version number of the config file being used. The current version is 0.1.

workspace

Required. The section containing all configuration information related to the environment.

workspace.type

Required. Determines the type of workspace to be created. Currently, the only accepted value is kubernetes.

workspace.spec

Required. This section contains configuration information specific to the workspace.type.

workspace.spec.image

Required. The image to use for the environment. The image should include the registry and (optionally) the tag, i.e. docker.io/ubuntu:18.04. If you omit the tag, Coder uses the default value of latest.

You must have imported the image into Coder, otherwise the environment will fail to build.

workspace.spec.labels

The Kubernetes labels to be added to the environment pod.

workspace:
  labels:
    com.coder.custom.hello: hello
    com.coder.custom.world: world

workspace.spec.gpucount

The number of GPUs to allocate to the environment.

workspace.spec.container-based-vm

Determines whether the environment should be created as a container-based virtual machine (CVM). Default is false.

workspace.spec.cpu

Required. The number of cores to allocate to the environment.

workspace.spec.memory

Required. The amount of memory (in GB) to allocate to the environment.

workspace.spec.disk

Required. The amount of disk space (in GB) to allocate to the environment.

workspace.configure

This section lists the commands that run within the environment after Coder builds the environment. See Configure for more information.

workspace.configure.start

The list of commands to run when Coder starts an environment.

workspace.configure.start[*].command

Required. Runs the provided command within the environment (Coder supports the use of both single-line and multi-line commands).

  • Single-line command:

    - name: Install curl
      command: apt install -y curl
    
  • Multi-line command:

    - name: Update and install curl
      command: |
        apt update
        apt install -y curl
    

workspace.configure.start[*].name

The name of the command being run.

workspace.configure.start[*].shell

The shell Coder should use to run the command.

start:
  - name: First step
    shell: /bin/bash

workspace.configure.start[*].directory

The working directory from which Coder should run the command.

start:
  - name: First step
    directory: /home/coder

workspace.configure.start[*].env

The map of environment variables to set for the command.

start:
  - name: First step
    env:
      HOME: /home/coder
      GOPATH: /home/coder/go

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