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What changes are coming to Red Hat's developer tools for Kubernetes? To put in the most simple terms, two of our offerings are getting new names:

We've updated the names of these tools to be more descriptive based on user feedback. We have received positive responses on the new naming and their aligned target users and use cases. Read on for a quick overview of these offerings, plus enhancements in the latest major releases.

OpenShift Dev Spaces (formerly CodeReady Workspaces)

OpenShift Dev Spaces is built on the open Eclipse Che project, which uses Kubernetes and containers to provide development and IT teams with a consistent, secure, and zero-configuration development environment. The experience is as fast and familiar as an integrated development environment on your laptop.

The new name comes at the same time as a major version release, OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0. It has been significantly upgraded by moving to a Kubernetes Operator, leveraging the DevWorkspace custom resource.

Learn more: CodeReady Workspaces scales up, is now Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces

OpenShift Local (formerly CodeReady Containers)

OpenShift Local is designed to run Red Hat OpenShift on a local computer to simplify setup and testing and emulate the cloud development environment locally, with all of the tools needed to develop container-based applications.

The new OpenShift Local name comes at the same time as the 2.0 release. It can now handle separate machine bundles. It uses Podman to ensure a slim container runtime and minimal download while still providing a great single-machine local experience on OpenShift.

Learn more: What’s new with OpenShift Local 2.0

CodeReady Studio end of life

Additionally, Red Hat CodeReady Studio will no longer continue as a packaged offering of Eclipse desktop with a curated set of plug-ins. Instead, you’ll be able to directly consume the plug-ins that you were used to through JBoss Tools. It turns out that has been the preferred way.

Learn more: Announcement: Red Hat CodeReady Studio reaches end of life

What’s ahead?

As of May 2022, we've made the switch to the new names and have started updating supporting assets. Note older versions and any associated material will still retain the former CodeReady names.

We will continue to develop tools to match what developers need to be more productive. You can expect the roadmap for products like OpenShift Dev Spaces and OpenShift Local to evolve accordingly to meet the needs of OpenShift developers. To explore other offerings, visit our developer tools topic page.

Last updated: November 8, 2023