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DevSpace Workflow

DevSpace - Cloud-Native Development with Kubernetes

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With a DevSpace, you can build, test and run code directly inside any Kubernetes cluster. You can run devspace up in any of your projects and the client-only DevSpace CLI will start a DevSpace within your Kubernetes cluster. Keep coding as usual and the DevSpace CLI will sync any code change directly into the containers of your DevSpace.

No more waiting for re-building images, re-deploying containers and restarting applications on every source code change. Simply edit your code with any IDE and run your code instantly inside your DevSpace.

Why use a DevSpace?

Program inside any Kubernetes cluster (e.g. minikube, self-hosted or cloud platform) and:

  • iterate quickly: no more building and pushing images on every change, use hot reloading instead (e.g. with nodemon)
  • keep your existing workflow and tools: the DevSpace CLI works with every IDE (no plugins required)
  • access cluster-internal services and data during development
  • debug efficiently with port forwarding and terminal proxying
  • migrate to Docker & Kubernetes within minutes


This demo shows how to run devspace up directly from the terminal inside Visual Studio Code. However, the DevSpace CLI is not a plugin and will work with any terminal. In this example, we are starting a DevSpace for a React application.

DevSpace CLI Demo


These commands will install the DevSpace CLI and add it to the PATH environment variable. For more details, see: Install Guide

For Windows

  1. Open CMD with admin rights.
  2. Run this install script:
curl -s "" >"%Temp%\install-devspace.bat"
"%Temp%\install-devspace.bat" "%PROGRAMFILES%\devspace"
del "%Temp%\install-devspace.bat"

Note: After running the install script, you should close and re-open your terminal window or IDE to refresh the environment variables.

For Linux

curl --silent "" | sed -nE 's!.*"([^"]*devspace-linux-amd64)".*!\1!p' | xargs -n 1 curl -L -o devspace && chmod +x devspace && sudo mv devspace /usr/local/bin

For Mac

curl -s -H "Accept: application/json"  ""  | sed -nE 's!.*"([^"]*devspace-darwin-amd64)".*!\1!p' | xargs -n 1 curl -L -o devspace && chmod +x devspace && sudo mv devspace /usr/local/bin


To get started with the DevSpace CLI, you only need a Kubernetes cluster. If you do not have one yet, take a look at our Minikube Install Guide or request access to the private beta of the DevSpace Cloud.

The DevSpace CLI allows you to create a DevSpace for any existing project with just a single command:

devspace up

Take a look at the Getting Started Guide on our documentation page to see how to get started with a DevSpace.

Note: Don't worry, you can use devspace reset to reset your project and go back to local development.


Here you can find some links to the most important pages of our documentation:

DevSpace Cloud

The DevSpace Cloud provides hosted DevSpaces. The service is currently in private beta. If you would like to join the beta program, you can request access to the DevSpace Cloud.

As a thank you for testing the DevSpace Cloud, members of the beta program will receive a special forever free subcription to the DevSpace Cloud.


Architecturally, the DevSpace CLI is a client-side software that interacts with services within your Kubernetes cluster. While the DevSpace CLI can deploy required services (e.g. image registry, Tiller server, Kaniko build pods) automatically, you can also configure it to use already deployed or externally hosted services.

DevSpace CLI Architecture

For a more detailed description of the internals of the DevSpace CLI, take a look at the Architecture Documentation.

Note: Any interaction between your local computer and your DevSpace is passed through your Kubernetes API server, so you should ensure that your API server is protected with a suitable configuration for using TLS.


As any open source projects, we are looking forward to your contributions.

Reporting Issues

If you find a bug while working with the DevSpace CLI, please open an issue on GitHub and let us know what went wrong. We will try to fix it as quickly as we can.

Feedback & Feature Requests

You are more than welcome to open issues in this project to:

Contributing Code

This project is mainly written in Golang. To contribute code,

  1. Check-out the project: git clone && cd devspace
  2. Install the dependencies: dep ensure -v (requires Installing Dep)
  3. Make changes to the code (add new dependencies to the Gopkg.toml)
  4. Build the project, e.g. via go build -o devspace.exe


You can use the DevSpace CLI for any private or commercial projects because it is licensed under the Apache 2.0 open source license.