Docker - Visual Studio Code Server Setup

Here I describe my setup of the Visual Studio Code Server container.

I run this Docker container on a Ubuntu VM that runs via [[ Proxmox VE ]]. I perform the following on the CLI.

Since I use vs code server to edit yaml files of Home Assistant I have created a volume mapping to the configuration folder of Home Assistant

Docker pull command:

docker pull linuxserver/codeserver

Within my home folder I have created a Docker folder where I create a subfolder for each container:

cd ~
mkdir -p docker/codeserver
cd docker/codeserver

Also create a folder where the config files can be stored:

mkdir config

I use the Nano text editor to create a shell script:

sudo nano

With this shell script we are going to create the container. Copy the following into

IDu=$(id -u $(logname)) # Saves the logged in user id in the IDu variable
IDg=$(id -g $(logname)) # Saves the logged in user group in the IDg variable

docker run -d \
 --name=codeserver \
 --hostname=codeserver \
 -p 8833:8443 \
 -v $PWD/config:/config \
 -v /home/USER/docker/homeassistant/config:/homeassistant \
 -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro \
 -e TZ=Europe/Amsterdam \
 -e PUID=$IDu \
 -e PGID=$IDg \
 --restart unless-stopped \

If necessary, adjust the following:

-p 8833:8443
Choose a port that is still available, I chose 8833. Check this with netstat

-v $PWD/config:/config
Choose the location for the code server config files. In this example it is the config map we created

-v /home/USER/docker/homeassistant/config:/homeassistant
(OPTIONAL) Create a mapping to a location with files you want to edit with code server. In this example it is the configuration folder of Home Assistant

It is also possible to set a password with the environment variable PASSWORD or HASHED_PASSWORD. See the description of the image

Exit Nano (CTRL-X) and save the changes.

Now create the container:

sudo sh

Check if the container is running properly.

See also my notes about updating containers with Portainer or via the CLI. With Synology’s Docker Application, updating a container is also very easy.

Using Visual Studio Code Server

Visual Studio Code Server can now be accessed via the following URL:

http://<IP DOCKER HOST>:8833/

To use the mapping to the Home Assistant configuration map:

Go to File and Open Folder..., empty the command palette and type /homeassistant and press Enter. Now it is possible to edit the yaml files of Home Assistant.

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