code-server

code-server is VS Code running on a remote server, in this guide your Uberspace, accessible through the browser. VS Code is a modern code editor with integrated Git support, a code debugger, smart autocompletion, and customizable and extensible features. This means that you can use various devices running different operating systems, and always have a consistent development environment on hand.


Note

For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of

License

code-server is released under the MIT License.

Prerequisites

Setup your Domain:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web domain list
isabell.uber.space
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Installation

Create a new folder for code-server & its data in your home directory and switch into it.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ mkdir ~/code-server-data && mkdir ~/code-server && cd ~/code-server
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

Then download the latest release for x86_64. Make sure to the x.x.x with the current version in all following snippets.

[isabell@stardust code-server]$ wget https://github.com/cdr/code-server/releases/download/x.x.x/code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
[...]
‘code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz’ saved
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

Then extract the files in the current folder with tar. Don’t forget --strip-components=1 to remove the code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64 prefix from the path.

[isabell@stardust code-server]$ tar -xzf code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz --strip-components=1
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

You can now delete the archive:

[isabell@stardust code-server]$ rm code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

Configuration

Setup daemon

Note

Be aware that almost all configuration of code-server happens via command line arguments and so in this file. You can see all available command line arguments when running code-server with the --help argument. For example, you can disable telemetry by adding --disable-telemetry.

Create ~/etc/services.d/code-server.ini with the following content. Make sure to <password> with your password.

[program:code-server]
command=%(ENV_HOME)s/code-server/code-server --host 0.0.0.0 --port 8080 --user-data-dir %(ENV_HOME)s/code-server-data
environment=PASSWORD=<password>
autorestart=true
autostart=true

After creating the configuration, tell supervisord to refresh its configuration and start the service:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl reread
SERVICE: available
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl update
SERVICE: added process group
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl status
SERVICE                            RUNNING   pid 26020, uptime 0:03:14
[isabell@stardust ~]$

If it’s not in state RUNNING, check your configuration.

Configure web backend

Note

code-server is running on port 8080 in the default configuration. If you want or need to use another port, you can change that in the supervisord daemon file we created above.

To make the application accessible from the outside, configure a web backend:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web backend set / --http --port <port>
Set backend for / to port <port>; please make sure something is listening!
You can always check the status of your backend using "uberspace web backend list".
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Updates

Stop your code-server instance first.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl stop code-server
code-server: stopped
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Switch into code-server’s folder we created when installing code-server.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/code-server
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

Then download the latest release for x86_64. Make sure to the x.x.x with the current version in all following snippets.

[isabell@stardust code-server]$ wget https://github.com/cdr/code-server/releases/download/x.x.x/code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
[...]
‘code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz’ saved
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

Then extract the files in the current folder with tar. Don’t forget --strip-components=1 to remove the code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64 prefix from the path.

[isabell@stardust code-server]$ tar -xzf code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz --strip-components=1
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

You can now delete the archive and start code-server again:

[isabell@stardust code-server]$ rm code-server-x.x.x-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
[isabell@stardust code-server]$ supervisorctl start code-server
code-server: started
[isabell@stardust code-server]$

Tested with code-server 3.2.0 on Uberspace 7.6.1.0.

Written by: tobimori <tobias@moeritz.cc>