Che – Kubernetes based Cloud Development Environments for Enterprise Teams

Che is billed as a Next-generation container development platform, developer workspace server and cloud IDE.

The software offers a centralized developer environment running on Kubernetes or OpenShift.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Code, Build and Debug in your browser.
  • Git Services Integration – connect your GitHub, Gitlab or Bitbucket identity using OAuth.
    Share development setups with a URL.
  • IDEs are packaged and distributed as Linux Containers – IDEs run remotely, in a Kubernetes Pod, and are accessible from a browser. Currently IDEs packaged and included with Eclipse Che are VS Code, JetBrains and Eclipse Theia.
  • IDEs running in Che workspaces are configured to work in air-gapped networks, to trust an enterprise TLS certificate or to use a proxy to access external services. FIPS (U.S. Federal Information Processing Standards) are supported too.
  • Multi-tenant by default – access to Eclipse Che workspaces requires authentication. The OIDC (OpenID Connect) protocol is used for authentication. Kubernetes RBAC is used to verify if a user is allowed to access a workspace.
  • Multi-container workspace for each developer with the ability to replicate with a single click using Eclipse Che factories.
  • Pre-built stacks with the ability to create custom stacks for any language or runtime.
  • An enterprise integration using OpenShift OAuth or Dex.
  • Browser-based IDEs; integration with Microsoft Visual Studio Code – Open Source and others such as JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition.
  • Support of tools protocols, such as the Language Server Protocol or Debug Adapter Protocol.
  • A plugin mechanism compatible with Visual Studio Code extensions.
  • A software development kit (SDK) for creating custom cloud developer platforms.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Eclipse
License: Eclipse Public License 2.0

Che in action
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