The following desktop IDEs have been tested with Coder, though any IDE with SSH support should work:

Visual Studio Code

Click VS Code Desktop in the dashboard to one-click enter a workspace. This automatically installs the Coder Remote extension, authenticates with Coder, and connects to the workspace.


You can set the default directory in which VS Code opens via the dir argument on the coder_agent resource in your workspace template. See the Terraform documentation for more details.

The VS Code Desktop button can be hidden by enabling Browser-only connections.

Manual Installation

Launch VS Code Quick Open (Ctrl+P), paste the following command, and press enter.

ext install coder.coder-remote

Alternatively, manually install the VSIX from the latest release.

SSH configuration

Before proceeding, run coder login <accessURL> if you haven't already to authenticate the CLI with the web UI and your workspaces.

To access Coder via SSH, run the following in the terminal:

coder config-ssh

Run coder config-ssh --dry-run if you'd like to see the changes that will be made before proceeding.

Confirm that you want to continue by typing yes and pressing enter. If successful, you'll see the following message:

You should now be able to ssh into your workspace.
For example, try running:

$ ssh coder.<workspaceName>

Your workspace is now accessible via ssh coder.<workspace_name> (e.g., ssh coder.myEnv if your workspace is named myEnv).

JetBrains Gateway

Gateway operates in a client-server model, using an SSH connection to the remote host to install and start the server.

Setting up Gateway also involves picking a project directory, so if you have not already done so, you may wish to open a terminal on your Coder workspace and check out a copy of the project you intend to work on.

After installing Gateway on your local system, follow these steps to create a Connection and connect to your Coder workspace.

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Web IDEs (Jupyter, code-server, JetBrains Projector)

Web IDEs (code-server, JetBrains Projector, VNC, etc.) are defined in the template. See IDEs.

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