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Getting started

There are various things you can do to quickly and efficiently configure your Codio Box to your exact requirements.

GUI Applications and the Virtual Desktop

The Virtual Desktop allows you auto develop GUI based applications using any programming language. You can install a Virtual Desktop in your Box. You can then start the desktop and view it within the Codio IDE or in a new browser tab.

Virtual Desktop documentation

Command line access and the Terminal window

All Codio Boxes provide sudo level privileges to the underlying Ubuntu server. This means you can install and configure any component you like. You access the terminal from the Tools->Terminal menu item.


The Codio IDE comes with a powerful visual debugger. Currently we support Python, Java, C, C++ and NodeJS. Other languages can be added on request.

Debugger documentation

Content authoring and assessments

Codio comes with a very powerful content authoring tool, Codio Guides. Guides is also where you create all forms of auto-graded assessments.

Templating Box configurations and projects

Codio offers two very powerful templating options so you can create new projects from those templates with just a couple of clicks. Stacks allow you to create snapshots of the Box’s underlying software configuration. You can then create new projects from a Stack avoiding having to configure anew each time you start a new project. Starter Packs allow you to template an entire project, including workspace code.

Install software

You can always install software onto your Box using the command line. However, Codio offers a shortcut for commonly installed components that can be accessed from the Tools->Install Software menu.

We can easily add new items to the Install Software screen, so feel free to submit requests.

Install Software documentation

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