How to install Code Server on Ubuntu 22.04

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Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Code Server on Ubuntu 22.04, so you will have your IDE in the cloud for your many projects. The procedure is simple, so let’s go for it.

What is Code Server?

As simple as this, in the GitHub profile of the tool you will find this definition

Run VS Code on any machine anywhere and access it in the browser.

And it is a web implementation of VS Code that you can install on a server and then access it from the web.

In this way, you can see that the possibilities are many because it can be implemented for educational purposes but also for personal or even business use.

One of the few disadvantages is that it only accepts one user, so it is quite personal, or at least for small work teams.

Let’s go.

Install Code Server on Ubuntu 22.04

Before you start, connect via SSH to the server and update it

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Then, you can create a folder where we will download Code Server so as not to confuse it with the rest of the system

mkdir ~/code
cd code

After this, you can download the latest stable version of the tool. First I recommend you to take a look at the GitHub profile to know which is the latest stable version which at the time of writing this post is 4.9.1.

--2023-01-05 19:07:43--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: [following]
--2023-01-05 19:07:43--
Resolving (,,, ...
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 106765319 (102M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘code-server-4.9.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz’

code-server-4.9.1-linux-amd64.tar 100%[============================================================>] 101.82M  22.0MB/s    in 4.6s    

2023-01-05 19:07:48 (21.9 MB/s) - ‘code-server-4.9.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz’ saved [106765319/106765319]

Now decompress it

tar -xzvf code-server-4.9.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz

The next step is to copy the folder to another, more manageable and more easily named directory on the system.

sudo cp -r code-server-4.9.1-linux-amd64 /usr/lib/code-server

Then, make a symbolic link from the binary to a directory inside the PATH.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/code-server/bin/code-server /usr/bin/code-server

Then create a folder for Code to store the necessary data in

sudo mkdir /var/lib/code-server

To improve the way, Code will be handled, it is better to create a system service

sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/code-server.service

Then, you can add the following content


ExecStart=/usr/bin/code-server --bind-addr --user-data-dir /var/lib/code-server --auth password


In the Environment line is where you define the IDE access password. You can change it to whatever you prefer.

While in the ExecStart line, you define the command and the execution parameters. It is here where you can change the port to use and the data directory.

Save the changes and close the editor, and now enable the new service.

sudo systemctl enable code-server

Sample Output

Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /lib/systemd/system/code-server.service.

Now start it

sudo systemctl start code-server

Next, check the status of the service to see if everything is OK

sudo systemctl status code-server
Code Server Service status
Code Server Service status

Optional: Configure Nginx as the reverse proxy

This is recommended so that you don’t have to use ports and IP addresses.

sudo apt install nginx

Next, create a configuration file for this new site

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/code-server.conf

And add the following

server {
	listen 80;
	listen [::]:80;


	location / {
	  proxy_pass http://localhost:8080/;
	  proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
	  proxy_set_header Connection upgrade;
	  proxy_set_header Accept-Encoding gzip;

Remember to replace server_name with your domain name.

Save the changes and close the editor. Now check the syntax of the editor.

sudo nginx -t

If all goes well, you will see this output on the screen

nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

Enable the new site

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/code-server.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/code-server.conf

And apply the changes by restarting Nginx

sudo systemctl restart nginx


Access Code Server

Now, you can access if you open the browser and type your-domain.

The first thing you will see is the login screen, where you will have to enter your password.

Code Server first screen
Code Server first screen

Then you will see the editor.

Code Server on Ubuntu 22.04
Code Server on Ubuntu 22.04

Enjoy it.


In this post, you learned how to have Code Server on your computer to use it remotely.

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