Google today announced that it has added a web-based text editor to its Google Cloud Shell tool for managing Google public cloud resources from the Google Cloud Platform’s online console. As a result, you can now easily make changes to files kept in the Cloud Shell. While the underlying virtual machine is temporary, files are kept on 5GB of persistent disk.

The new feature is an implementation of the Eclipse Orion open source web-based integrated development environment (IDE) and is currently marked with an “experimental” tag, as Google product manager Sachin Kotwani pointed out today in a blog post.

“We’ve heard from a lot of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) users that they like to edit code and configuration files without leaving their browser,” Kotwani wrote.

The move comes three months after Cloud9 IDE, a startup that offered a web-based IDE, announced that it had been acquired by Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is larger than Google in the public cloud business. It’s not clear exactly how Cloud9’s technology will be incorporated into AWS.

Also earlier this year, open source code repository software startup GitLab introduced an integration of the Koding web-based IDE.

To try the text editor, open up the Google cloud console. Once you have a project going, you can click the Cloud Shell icon in the top right corner of the browser window, select the Files icon in the Cloud Shell that pops up on the bottom of the browser window, and then select “Launch code editor (experimental).” You have a few pre-built themes to choose from, as well as the ability to customize. By default the tool automatically saves changes.

Of course, if you’re not a fan of cloud IDEs, you can still upload files to Cloud Shell and download them from the service as necessary.


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