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Discussion on: Visual Studio & GitHub Codespaces - Questions Answered!

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Adam Stallard

Will codespaces ever support self hosted without registration?

I cannot use Azure for certain work, but would like to use VSCode in the browser with Remote Development extension. I thought codespaces would be the enabler here, but the first thing the self hosted installation asks me to do is sign in to azure and create a plan.

I run code-server from github/cdr/code-server and that has been a godsend. But not being able to use the Remote Development extension (among other MS extensions) is an unfortunate roadblock.

My ultimate dev env would be to install codespaces on a remote linux machine with docker, access it from my windows machine via browser, and deploy remote dev containers from there.

This is so close to perfect, if only it were not locked in to Azure.

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Davide 'CoderDave' Benvegnù Author

I'd have to verify this, but I think it uses Azure only for the orchestration of the Codespaces.

And I don't think this is going to change, because accordingly to the documentation:

A Microsoft Account and Azure Subscription are required to use Visual Studio Codespaces.

However, as I said, Azure is used only for orchestration and there is no cost for using self-hosted environments... so, after the registration you don;t really have to use Azure and you won't pay anything... is this still blocking you? If so, I'd love to know more about your scenario. Feel free to DM me on twitter @davidebenvegnu

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Adam Stallard

It's not really blocking us from development as we can use vscode directly.

While I don't think I'll be able use it in the workplace, I'll definitely try it out with a personal account. Appreciate the response!