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Openvscode-server provides a version of VS Code that runs a server on a remote machine and allows access through a modern web browser.


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>

Version Tags

This image provides various versions that are available via tags. Please read the descriptions carefully and exercise caution when using unstable or development tags.

Tag Available Description
latest Stable releases
insiders Insiders releases

Application Setup

If CONNECTION_TOKEN or CONNECTION_SECRET env vars are set, you can access the webui at http://<your-ip>:3000/?tkn=supersecrettoken (replace supersecrettoken with the value set). If not, you can access the webui at http://<your-ip>:3000.

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"

When reverse proxied through SWAG, custom services running on specific ports inside openvscode-server can be accessed at very much like how code-server's port proxy function is handled. For that, a wildcard CNAME * needs to be created and the SWAG cert needs to cover those subdomains.


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

    container_name: openvscode-server
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - CONNECTION_TOKEN= #optional
      - CONNECTION_SECRET= #optional
      - SUDO_PASSWORD=password #optional
      - SUDO_PASSWORD_HASH= #optional
      - /path/to/appdata/config:/config
      - 3000:3000
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=openvscode-server \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e CONNECTION_TOKEN= `#optional` \
  -e CONNECTION_SECRET= `#optional` \
  -e SUDO_PASSWORD=password `#optional` \
  -e SUDO_PASSWORD_HASH= `#optional` \
  -p 3000:3000 \
  -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
3000 Web UI port.

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.
CONNECTION_TOKEN= Optional security token for accessing the Web UI (ie. supersecrettoken).
CONNECTION_SECRET= Optional path to a file inside the container that contains the security token for accessing the Web UI (ie. /path/to/file). Overrides CONNECTION_TOKEN.
SUDO_PASSWORD=password If this optional variable is set, user will have sudo access in the openvscode-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.

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 openvscode-server /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

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

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' openvscode-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 openvscode-server
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d openvscode-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 openvscode-server
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm openvscode-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-openvscode-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
  • 29.09.22: - Rebase to jammy, switch to s6v3. Fix chown logic to skip /config/workspace contents.
  • 12.02.22: - Update install-extension helper to compensate for upstream changes.
  • 04.02.22: - Update binary for 1.64.0+. Allow for no token set when both toekn env vars are unset. Add libsecret for keytar.
  • 29.12.21: - Add install-extension as a helper for mods to install extensions.
  • 10.12.21: - Update deprecated connectionToken arg.
  • 30.11.21: - Fix app folder permissions, add the optional sudo password vars.
  • 29.11.21: - Create .profile and .bashrc for the user.
  • 29.11.21: - Release insiders tag.
  • 28.11.21: - Initial Release.