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Code-server is VS Code running on a remote server, accessible through the browser. - Code on your Chromebook, tablet, and laptop with a consistent dev environment. - If you have a Windows or Mac workstation, more easily develop for Linux. - Take advantage of large cloud servers to speed up tests, compilations, downloads, and more. - Preserve battery life when you're on the go. - All intensive computation runs on your server. - You're no longer running excess instances of Chrome.


Supported Architectures

We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Available Tag
x86-64 amd64-<version tag>
arm64 arm64v8-<version tag>

Application Setup

Access the webui at http://<your-ip>:8443. For github integration, drop your ssh key in to /config/.ssh. Then open a terminal from the top menu and set your github username and email via the following commands

git config --global "username"
git config --global "email address"

Hashed code-server password

How to create the hashed password.


To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.

    container_name: code-server
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - PASSWORD=password #optional
      - HASHED_PASSWORD= #optional
      - SUDO_PASSWORD=password #optional
      - SUDO_PASSWORD_HASH= #optional
      - #optional
      - DEFAULT_WORKSPACE=/config/workspace #optional
      - /path/to/appdata/config:/config
      - 8443:8443
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=code-server \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e PASSWORD=password `#optional` \
  -e HASHED_PASSWORD= `#optional` \
  -e SUDO_PASSWORD=password `#optional` \
  -e SUDO_PASSWORD_HASH= `#optional` \
  -e `#optional` \
  -e DEFAULT_WORKSPACE=/config/workspace `#optional` \
  -p 8443:8443 \
  -v /path/to/appdata/config:/config \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Containers are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Ports (-p)

Parameter Function
8443 web gui

Environment Variables (-e)

Env Function
PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
TZ=Etc/UTC specify a timezone to use, see this list.
PASSWORD=password Optional web gui password, if PASSWORD or HASHED_PASSWORD is not provided, there will be no auth.
HASHED_PASSWORD= Optional web gui password, overrides PASSWORD, instructions on how to create it is below.
SUDO_PASSWORD=password If this optional variable is set, user will have sudo access in the code-server terminal with the specified password.
SUDO_PASSWORD_HASH= Optionally set sudo password via hash (takes priority over SUDO_PASSWORD var). Format is $type$salt$hashed. If this optional variable is set, this domain will be proxied for subdomain proxying. See Documentation
DEFAULT_WORKSPACE=/config/workspace If this optional variable is set, code-server will open this directory by default

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config Contains all relevant configuration files.

Miscellaneous Options

Parameter Function

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__MYVAR=/run/secrets/mysecretvariable

Will set the environment variable MYVAR based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretvariable file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags), permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id your_user as below:

id your_user

Example output:

uid=1000(your_user) gid=1000(your_user) groups=1000(your_user)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    docker exec -it code-server /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    docker logs -f code-server
  • Container version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' code-server
  • Image version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (noted in the relevant, we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Compose

  • Update images:

    • All images:

      docker-compose pull
    • Single image:

      docker-compose pull code-server
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d code-server
  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Docker Run

  • Update the image:

    docker pull
  • Stop the running container:

    docker stop code-server
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm code-server
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker run parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)

  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)


We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-code-server
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 01.07.23: - Deprecate armhf. As announced here
  • 05.10.22: - Install recommended deps to maintain parity with the older images.
  • 29.09.22: - Rebase to jammy, switch to s6v3. Fix chown logic to skip /config/workspace contents.
  • 20.02.22: - Install using the official tarballs.
  • 29.12.21: - Add install-extension as a helper for mods to install extensions.
  • 06.12.21: - Add DEFAULT_WORKSPACE env var.
  • 29.11.21: - Rebase to Ubuntu focal.
  • 16.09.21: - Fix slow chown on large workspace (contents of workspace folder no longer chowned).
  • 11.07.21: - Bump node to 14 to fix builds
  • 08.05.21: - Fix doc link
  • 04.02.20: - Allow setting gui password via hash using env var HASHED_PASSWORD.
  • 23.12.20: - Allow setting sudo password via hash using env var SUDO_PASSWORD_HASH.
  • 29.05.20: - Add --domain-proxy support.
  • 21.05.20: - Shrink images, install via yarn, fix arm32v7 build.
  • 18.05.20: - Switch to multi-arch images, install via npm.
  • 29.04.20: - Update start arguments.
  • 01.04.20: - Structural changes required for v3.
  • 17.01.20: - Fix artifact url retrieval from github.
  • 24.10.19: - Upgrade to v2 builds.
  • 28.09.19: - Update project logo.
  • 21.09.19: - Add development builds/tag.
  • 09.07.19: - Add optional sudo access.
  • 01.07.19: - Add nano.
  • 24.06.19: - Initial Release.