A dev and staging environment in one

Dockside lets dev teams code from anywhere in clones of their production environment and share and stage their work online for stakeholders.

Work online from anywhere

Dockside makes working from anywhere from your browser a breeze, thanks to the incredible Eclipse Theia online IDE, featuring professional UI, complete with syntax highlighting, terminals and support for VS Code extensions.

Launch a clone for each task or fork

Spin up a dev environment (or 'devtainer') in seconds. Launch one for each task, from your preprepared profiles. Switch between multiple tasks, just as you switch between browser tabs. If you mess up, just start afresh.

Share work with stakeholders instantly

Stage any devtainer, either privately or on the public internet, for review, sign-off or testing, by colleagues, clients or management. Access secured by HTTPS.

Eliminate errors, deploy confidently

Eliminate whole classes of error arising from production environment differences. Develop with confidence: if your code runs in your devtainer, then it runs in production.

Safe and powerful

For power users, Dockside provides devtainers with access to underlying system resources and alternative runtimes and architectures, while locking down access for other users through a role-based access control scheme.

Low footprint

Dockside’s resource requirements are minimal. Proven to support large numbers of devtainers on relatively small servers, VMs or cloud instances.

Commercial-friendly open-source licence

Free and open-source under the Apache 2.0 licence: so suitable for use in bespoke commercial environments. Self-host locally, on-prem or in the cloud.

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Launch devtainers in seconds

Dockside in action

“I can't imagine how I ever got on without this at other companies. Not having to worry about setting up a local environment, and being able to access the same IDE with the same configuration from any computer is ideal for remote working.”

— Senior Developer, NewsNow.co.uk

Get started today

Try Dockside locally within minutes. All you need is Docker.

1. If you have Docker running locally, install Dockside by running:
mkdir -p ~/.dockside && \
docker run -it --name dockside \
-v ~/.dockside:/data \
-v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
-p 443:443 -p 80:80 \
--security-opt=apparmor=unconfined \
newsnowlabs/dockside --ssl-builtin
2. Navigate to https://www.local.dockside.dev/ in your browser.
  • 3. Sign in as admin with the auto-generated password that is output to the terminal.

Or watch our video walkthrough

Dockside comes into its own when self-hosted online, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

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For web design/development agencies

With Dockside you can easily manage multiple client websites and quickly launch new ones from customisable images.

To learn more about how Dockside could help your agency thrive, or for help setting it up, please get in touch.

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If you would like support installing Dockside in your organisation, or would like to work with us turning Dockside into a go-to tool for web design/development agencies, please get in touch.

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For concrete issues, or to suggest a feature or contribute a patch or bugfix, you can also raise an issue on GitHub, or join the NewsNow Labs Slack Workspace.