Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

We are pleased to introduce Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces version 1.1, which provides a cloud developer workspace server and browser-based IDE built for teams and organizations. Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1 includes ready-to-use developer stacks for most of the popular programming languages, frameworks, and Red Hat technologies.

This version of Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces introduces:

  • Compatibility with Red Hat OpenShift 4.0
  • Installation in disconnected environments
  • Simplified configuration of OpenShift OAuth and cluster certificates

Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1 is available now in the Red Hat Container Catalog. You can install it on OpenShift Container Platform or OpenShift Dedicated, starting at version 3.11, by following the instructions in the Administration Guide.

For Red Hat OpenShift 4.0, CodeReady Workspaces 1.1 is available now in Developer Preview from the OperatorHub. Based on a new operator that leverages the Operator Lifecycle Manager, the installation flow is getting simpler and can be handled without leaving the OpenShift Console. If you already have Red Hat OpenShift 4.0, get Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1 from the OperatorHub and follow the dedicated documentation.

New features in Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1

Authenticate users using OpenShift OAuth

To authenticate users, Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces can be configured to rely on OpenShift OAuth, so they will require only a single authentication to access the OpenShift console or CodeReady Workspaces.

Certificate configuration

If you are deploying Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces onto a cluster configured with certificates (self-signed or public ones), the deployment will now automatically detect and configure those certificates for CodeReady Workspaces.

Disconnected installation

Installing and updating Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces pulls images from the Red Hat Container Catalog. Configuring CodeReady Workspaces with your own container registries is now easier, which simplifies installation in disconnected or restricted environments.

Red Hat OpenShift 4.0 Developer Preview

Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces is now compatible with Red Hat OpenShift 4.0 and gets a dedicated operator leveraging the Operator Lifecycle Manager. Now available in Developer Preview, CodeReady Workspaces can be installed from the OpenShift 4.0 Operator Hub.

Operator Lifecycle Manager support for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

The Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) project is a component of the Operator Framework, an open source toolkit to manage Kubernetes-native applications, called Operators, in an effective, automated, and scalable way.

In Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, OLM aids cluster administrators in installing, upgrading, and granting access to Operators running on their cluster. The OpenShift Container Platform web console also provides a marketplace where administrators can access a catalog of curated Operators, including the Red Hat supported Operators.

OLM enables users to do the following:

  • Define applications as a single Kubernetes resource that encapsulates requirements and metadata.
  • Install applications automatically with dependency resolution, or manually with nothing but kubectl.
  • Upgrade applications automatically with different approval policies.

Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces is now getting a Red Hat supported Operator that leverages the capabilities of OLM.
You can learn more in the following video:

If you already have OpenShift 4.0, get Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 1.1 from the OperatorHub and follow the dedicated documentation.

Documentation Improvements

This release also includes documentation for:

  • Authoring custom Workspace stacks
  • Installing in restricted environments
  • Tuning settings when running CRW with many workspaces
  • Using VCS in Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

Supported Environments

Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces for OpenShift can be installed on Red Hat Openshift Container Platform or OpenShift Dedicated starting at version 3.11.

Last updated: November 8, 2023