Browser & Desktop

Gitpod supports a wide range of options for accessing Gitpod workspaces to suit the individual needs and preferences of developers. Workspaces can be opened from the browser, directly from your laptop or desktop, or even both, depending on the task at hand.


Gitpod supports both VS Code and a Terminal directly from the browser.

A powerful new workspace is only ever a browser tab away. The browser is only the interface to the underlying cloud-based workspace, so you’re making no compromise on power. Almost all developers use Gitpod in the browser for simpler editing and faster pull requests. However, due to its simplicity, many developers convert to using the browser as a “daily driver” for all their development.

The Gitpod Browser Extension also makes it easy to open new workspaces directly from a pull request in your source control (GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab) without needing to visit the Gitpod dashboard.

Tip: When using VS Code in the browser, you can easily swap to VS Code Desktop simply by using the “Open in VS Code” option from within the command palette.


Alternatively, to keep your developer experience similar to how it is currently, but with the benefits of cloud development environments, you can start and access workspaces directly from your desktop. You can use the Gitpod CLI for personal workspace management, which is compatible with both the JetBrains Gateway and the VS Code integrations. Both VS Code and JetBrains have native integrations that allow you to manage workspaces directly from the JetBrains Gateway itself, or via the Gitpod VS Code extension.

Tip: Regardless of which IDE or editor you choose to open workspaces with Gitpod, all workspaces can always be accessed with any number of SSH connections.

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