Use Eclipse Codewind to develop microservice applications from application stacks in an integrated developer environment (IDE). CodeReady Workspaces provides a containerized IDE for cloud-native application development on an OpenShift cluster.

Developing with CodeReady Workspaces

CodeReady Workspaces uses Kubernetes and containers to provide a preconfigured environment. Use CodeReady Workspaces to create, build, and test your code in OpenShift containers but feel like you are working on an IDE on your local machine.


Before you can use Codewind with CodeReady Workspaces, you must have an OpenShift cluster available. To install OpenShift clusters, see CodeReady Containers.

CodeReady Workspaces require at least two 5Gi ReadWriteOnce (RWO) persistent volumes on the cluster to install and a 5Gi RWO volume for each created workspace.

Each Codewind workspace also requires at least one 5Gi ReadWriteMany (RWX) persistent volume.

Installing CodeReady Workspaces

1. Log in to your OpenShift cluster’s dashboard.

2. From the sidebar, click Operators then OperatorHub.

3. Search for CodeReady Workspaces.

4. Select Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces:

Subscribe to OperatorHub.

5. Click Install:

Install CodeReady Workspaces.

After you install the operator, continue to install CodeReady Workspaces:

1. From the OpenShift dashboard, go to Operators>Installed Operators.

2. Select CodeReady Workspaces.

3. Select the CodeReady Workspaces cluster then Create CheCluster.

4. Configure the fields, like tlsSupport, as needed.

5. Copy and paste the following yaml into the provided text box:

apiVersion: org.eclipse.che/v1
kind: CheCluster
  name: codeready-workspaces
    cheImageTag: ''
    cheFlavor: codeready
    devfileRegistryImage: ''
    pluginRegistryImage: ''
    tlsSupport: true
    selfSignedCert: true
    cheWorkspaceClusterRole: 'eclipse-codewind'
    externalDb: false
    chePostgresHostName: ''
    chePostgresPort: ''
    chePostgresUser: ''
    chePostgresPassword: ''
    chePostgresDb: ''
    openShiftoAuth: false
    identityProviderImage: ''
    externalIdentityProvider: false
    identityProviderURL: ''
    identityProviderRealm: ''
    identityProviderClientId: ''
    pvcStrategy: per-workspace
    pvcClaimSize: 1Gi
    preCreateSubPaths: true

Install CheCluster.

  • Note: If you install CodeReady Workspaces on an OpenShift cluster with publicly signed certificates, such as on IBM Cloud, set selfSignedCert to false.

6. After CodeReady Workspaces installs, click the CodeReady Workspaces URL.

7. A new window appears that prompts you to log in. If you have not made a CodeReady Workspaces account, do so by clicking Register:

Register an account.

8. After you make a CodeReady Workspaces account, you can start to create a Codewind workspace.

Setting up Codewind

Because of its dependency on buildah, Codewind needs to run as root and privileged. To enable Codewind, run the following commands from your command line:

  • oc adm policy add-scc-to-user anyuid system:serviceaccounts:<namespace where you installed CodeReady Workspaces>:che-workspace
  • oc adm policy add-scc-to-user privileged system:serviceaccounts:<namespace where you installed CodeReady Workspaces>:che-workspace

CodeReady Workspaces starts Codewind and installs the Codewind plug-ins. This process might take a couple of minutes for all of the necessary components to be pulled and started.

Creating the Codewind workspace

After you set up Codewind, log in to your CodeReady Workspaces account and create a Codewind workspace from the Codewind devfile:

1. Log in to CodeReady Workspaces.

2. Go to Workspaces then click Add Workspace.

3. Click Import Devfile.

4. From Source, click YAML.

5. Go to the link, codewind-che-plugin/0.14.1/devfile.yaml, then copy and paste the contents into the YAML text box in your Codewind workspace.

6. Click Create & Open.

Configuring Codewind to use application stacks

Configure Codewind to use Appsody templates so you can focus exclusively on your code. Complete the following steps to select the Appsody templates:

  1. Select Codewind.
  2. Right-click Projects.
  3. Select Template Source Manager.
  4. Enable Appsody Stacks - incubator and Default templates.

After you configured Codewind to use Appsody templates, continue to develop your microservice within Codewind.

Creating an Appsody project

Throughout the application lifestyle, Appsody helps you develop containerized applications and maximize containers curated for your usage.

  1. Under the Explorer pane, select Codewind.
  2. Expand Codewind by clicking the drop-down arrow.
  3. Hover over the Projects entry underneath Codewind in the Explorer pane, and press the + icon to create a project.
    • Note: Make sure that Docker is running. Otherwise, you get an error.
  4. Choose the Appsody Open Liberty default template (Appsody Stacks - incubator).
  5. Name your project appsody-calculator.
    • If you don’t see Appsody templates, find and select Template Source Manager and enable Appsody Stacks - incubator.
    • The templates are refreshed, and the Appsody templates are available.
  6. Press Enter.
    • To monitor your project’s progress, right-click your project, and select Show all logs. Then, an Output tab is displayed where you see your project’s build logs.

Your project is complete when you see that your application status is running and your build status is successful.

Accessing the application endpoint in a browser

  1. Return to your project under the Explorer pane.
  2. Select the Open App icon next to your project’s name, or right-click your project and select Open App.

Your application is now opened in a browser, showing the welcome to your Appsody microservice page.

Adding a REST service to your application

  1. Go to your project’s workspace under the Explorer pane.
  2. Go to src>main>java>dev>appsody>starter.
  3. Right-click starter and select New File.
  4. Create a file, name it Calculator.java, and press Enter. This file is your JAX-RS resource.
  5. Before you input any code, make sure that the file is empty.
  6. Populate the file with the following code and then save the file:
package dev.appsody.starter;

import javax.ws.rs.core.Application;
import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.Produces;
import javax.ws.rs.core.MediaType;
import javax.ws.rs.core.Response;

import javax.ws.rs.PathParam;

public class Calculator extends Application {

    public String aboutme() {
        return "You can add (+), subtract (-), and multiply (*) with this simple calculator.";

    public Response calculate(@PathParam("op") String op, @PathParam("a") String a, @PathParam("b") String b) {
        int numA = Integer.parseInt(a);
        int numB = Integer.parseInt(b);

        switch (op) {
            case "+":
                return Response.ok(a + "+" + b + "=" + (Integer.toString((numA + numB)))).build();

            case "-":
                return Response.ok(a + "-" + b + "=" + (Integer.toString((numA - numB)))).build();

            case "*":
                return Response.ok(a + "*" + b + "=" + (Integer.toString((numA * numB)))).build();

                return Response.ok("Invalid operation. Please Try again").build();

Any changes that you make to your code are automatically built and redeployed by Codewind, and you can view them in your browser.

Working with the example calculator microservice

You now can work with the example calculator microservice.

  1. Use the URL that you saw when you first opened the application.
  2. Make sure to remove the < > symbol in the URL.
  3. <url>/starter/calculator/aboutme
  4. You see the following response:
You can add (+), subtract (-), and multiply (*) with this simple calculator.

You can also try a few of the sample calculator functions:

  • <url>/starter/calculator/{op}/{a}/{b}, where you can input one of the available operations (+, _, *), and an integer a, and an integer b.
  • So for <url>/starter/calculator/+/10/3 you see: 10+3=13.

What you have learned

Now that you have completed this quick guide, you have learned to:

  1. Install CodeReady Workspaces and Codewind.
  2. Create a Codewind workspace within CodeReady Workspaces.
  3. Develop a simple microservice with the Codewind workspace.

Next Steps

See other quick guides to learn how to develop with Codewind: