Getting Started

Gitpod delivers the IDE part for the web-based development flows of common code hosting platforms. The following example shows how to use Gitpod with a GitHub repository.

  1. Point your browser to some GitHub repository, pull request, or issue, e.g.
  2. Either prefix the URL in the address bar of your browser with (e.g. or push the Gitpod button if you have installed the Gitpod extension.

    prefix github URL

  3. On first use you will have to authorize access to your GitHub account. This is necessary so you can access your data from within Gitpod.
  4. Gitpod will now launch a workspace container for you in the cloud, containing a full Linux system. It will also clone the GitHub repository branch based on the GitHub page you were coming from.

Next up you should learn about Gitpod’s IDE.