Welcome to the Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift

Learn and experiment with Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift. Now. In your browser. For free.

Access Red Hat’s products and technologies without setup or configuration, and start developing quicker than ever before with our new, no-cost sandbox environments for Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces (formerly Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces).

Try your hand at the technologies with our library of activities as well.

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CodeReady Workspaces is currently running in the Developer Sandbox. OpenShift Dev Spaces will be available in the Developer Sandbox in a future update.

What is the Sandbox?

The sandbox is your free access to an OpenShift cluster where you can learn and experiment with Kubernetes and OpenShift. Several developer tools are pre-configured for you, and you can build one of our sample applications — or use your own code — while using technologies such as:

  • Provided runtimes (e.g. Python, PHP, Java, and more)
  • Database templates (get a SQL database in seconds)
  • Helm charts
  • Kubernetes objects, such as Deployments

…and much more.

Not sure where to begin? We have an ever-growing list of activities for you to try. Get started now!

Frequently asked questions

Your Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift is active for 30 days and has specific built-in functionality. However, in some scenarios, we may be able to modify this time allotment and other default settings. Please communicate all of your modifications through the Red Hat team.

Contact the team creating the Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift.

Most settings and management needs can be taken care of from within your cluster interface itself.

Learn about developer-focused features in the OpenShift Developer Console.


Q: What is the Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift?

A: The sandbox provides you with a private OpenShift environment in a shared, multi-tenant OpenShift cluster that is pre-configured with a set of developer tools.

Q: What is my cost for the sandbox?

A: It is free. There is no credit card required. You just need a Red Hat account and to complete the phone verification process.

Q: Can I deploy my software on the sandbox?

A: That’s the idea! You’ll find that some software will deploy as-is, while other code might require some minor changes. You’ll quickly see how easy it is to create a container running your software on your cluster. Java, Node.js, Python, Go, C#, and more are supported.

Q: We’re not a Red Hat Enterprise Linux or a Red Hat shop. Can we still use the sandbox?

A: Absolutely. You don’t need to install anything to get started. You may want to install a command-line tool for your environment (Linux, macOS, or Windows -- all are welcome), but it’s not necessary.

Q: Which developer tools are available in my sandbox?

A: The default developer experience on OpenShift, including a catalog of Helm charts and Red Hat builder images, s2i build tool, and OpenShift Dev Spaces.

Q: How can I install additional developer tools in my sandbox?

A: Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift will provide a pre-configured set of tools and services. We would love to learn from you about other tools and services that we should consider adding to the sandbox. Please send us your request here.

Q: What kind of resources do I get with my sandbox?

A: Your private OpenShift environment includes one project (namespace) and a resource quota of 7 GB RAM, 15GB storage.

Q: How long can my pods run in the sandbox?

A: All user pods can run for 12 (twelve) consecutive hours before they are automatically deleted.

Q: Why do I have to validate my phone number to access the sandbox?

A: We require a valid phone number to reduce the creation of fraudulent accounts on the Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift. Red Hat will not use this information for any other reason, and you will never receive a phone call from Red Hat or any third-party as a result of trying the sandbox.

Q: Why am I occasionally encountering Docker pull rate limit errors?

A: Docker Hub has a pull rate limit for downloading images as an anonymous user. Your private sandbox environment runs on a shared, multi-tenant OpenShift cluster so this limit can be reached during periods of increased activity. You can use a secret to pull your images as an authenticated Docker Hub user instead. See this article for instructions.


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