Filip Troníček

A weird 16-year old who loves JavaScript and Python for a better world with OSS


Coding in the cloud (GitHub Codespaces vs. GitPod)

Published Jul 29, 2020

GitHub Codespaces

Codespaces are awesome. They are one of the coolest GitHub products in my opinion. They offer a very familiar experience to VS Code and GitHub.

  • (+) All your VS Code stuff gets synced
  • (+) You can use all the VS Code keyboard shortcuts
  • (+) You can have setup scripts with a dotfiles repo (see mine for some inspiration)
  • (-) You only get about 4 GB of RAM (should be enough in most circumstances though)
  • (-) You are limited to 5 active Codespaces


GitPod is quite a nice alternative to Codespaces. With their browser extension, it is fairly simple to open a repo in your browser and start working. I am running the Jekyll Admin server on GitPod for writing this article!

  • (+) You get a whopping 60 GB of RAM
  • (+) You can install your extensions just for a single project, or for your whole account
  • (+) You can have as many projects as you want, but they will be deleted after 10 days of inactivity (shouldn’t generally be a problem)
  • (-) You can download a limited amount of extensions
  • (-) You have to enable autosave for every project manually
  • (-) There is a timeout for the IDE