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Chapter 1. About Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces

Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces is a web-based integrated development environment (IDE). OpenShift Dev Spaces runs in OpenShift and is well-suited for container-based development.

OpenShift Dev Spaces provides:

  • an enterprise-level cloud developer workspace server
  • a browser-based IDE
  • ready-to-use developer stacks for popular programming languages, frameworks, and Red Hat technologies

Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0 is based on Eclipse Che 7.46.

1.1. Supported deployment environments

OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0 is available on listed platforms with the listed supported installation methods:

Table 1.1. Supported deployment environments for OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0

PlatformArchitecturesDeployment method

OpenShift Container Platform 4.10

  • AMD64 and Intel 64 (x86_64)
  • IBM Power (ppc64le)
  • IBM Z (s390x)

OpenShift Dedicated 4.10

  • AMD64 and Intel 64 (x86_64)

Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA) 4.10

  • AMD64 and Intel 64 (x86_64)

1.2. Support policy

For Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0, Red Hat will provide support for deployment, configuration, and use of the product.

OpenShift Dev Spaces 3.0 has been tested on Chrome version 101.0.4951.54 (Official Build) (64-bit).

1.3. Differences between Eclipse Che and Red Hat OpenShift Dev Spaces

The main differences between OpenShift Dev Spaces and Eclipse Che are:

  • OpenShift Dev Spaces is built on RHEL8 to ensure the latest security fixes are included, compared to Alpine distributions that take a longer time to update.
  • OpenShift Dev Spaces uses OpenShift OAuth for user login and management.
  • OpenShift Dev Spaces provides a smaller supported subset of plug-ins compared to Che.
  • OpenShift Dev Spaces provides devfiles for working with other Red Hat technologies such as EAP and Fuse.
  • OpenShift Dev Spaces is supported on OpenShift Container Platform, OpenShift Dedicated, and Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA); Eclipse Che can also run on other Kubernetes clusters.

Red Hat provides licensing, packaging, and support. Therefore, OpenShift Dev Spaces is considered a more stable product than the upstream Eclipse Che project.