When comparing Gitpod vs Glitch, the Slant community recommends Gitpod for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud IDEs?” Gitpod is ranked 11th while Glitch is ranked 21st. The most important reason people chose Gitpod is:
Gitpod workspaces are very customizable. You can define a workspace with `.gitpod.yml` and define your own Dockerfile if you need tools that needs preinstalled automatically.
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Pro Customizable Workspaces
Gitpod workspaces are very customizable. You can define a workspace with
.gitpod.yml and define your own Dockerfile if you need tools that needs preinstalled automatically.
Pro Open Source to the core
Gitpod is a Web IDE product by TypeFox, which created Theia, a open source IDE framework. They rely on Kubernetes, Docker, Theia, and Let's Encrypt to provide this service - providing a 100% OSS-based SaaS.
Pro Workspaces are created from GitHub URLs
Any GitHub repository can be prepended with
https://gitpod.io# to define a Gitpod workspace. Here's an example of it.
Pro VNC Support
Gitpod has VNC support out of the box, which allows you to test Desktop apps within the cloud.
Pro Pre-authorized Git Client
This is the only GitHub-based Web IDE that pre-authorizes the git client, saving you time to do setup.
Pro GitHub Pull Request Issues Comments are viewable on the IDE
No need to jump tabs when making needed changes for your GitHub Pull Request. Gitpod supports viewing the comments and resolving those through the IDE - so you can resolve comments without ever needing to mark it resolved manually on GitHub.
Pro Automatic Configuration
If your GitHub repositories does not have a manifest to make a stack, Gitpod will attempt to make a stack based on what it understood about your codebase. However, for popular projects, a central repository on GitHub exists to configure a workspace automatically for them without the manifest file to be present.
Pro Language Server Protocol support
LSP is a standard made by Microsoft to create a single common core that can be consumed by a development tool. Theia is based on Visual Studio Code and supports LSP natively.
Pro Unlimited number of public and private projects for free
Pro Runs a server out of the box
Perfect for building web applications, be it client-only, server-only, or full stack.
Pro Private data are kept secret, even in public projects
Non-collaborators can't access private data (e.g. API keys) which are stored in a special file, and they are deleted when a project is forked.
Pro Persistent storage
Pro Multiple languages supported
Although the only official language/framework is Node.js, you can access the terminal and install other languages via apt-get (as long as it doesn't exceed the storage limit).
Pro VS Code integration
If you feel the built-in web editor is not sufficient, you can switch to VS Code and get the full power of its plugins. You still work with the files and server in the cloud, no extra setup required.
Pro It has a friendly welcoming community of builders
Con Does not create forks automatically for you
If you make a Gitpod workspace based on a GitHub repository you do not own,
git push will fail and you need to query the Git client to make the fork for you.
Con Can be slow on 3G Networks
The crux of this is because of the large
bundle.js that is needed to be transferred, this is a problem within Theia.
Con Packages can't be installed through the CLI
Gitpod doesn't support
apt installs yet due to the container mounting through an NFS. To alleviate this, you need to define a custom stack for your project if you need it.