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Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE

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Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE is a browser-based integrated development environment (IDE), source code editor, and Drupal development stack running in Acquia Cloud. Although Remote IDE requires Acquia Developer Studio CLI to be previously installed, you can access Remote IDE without installing any additional software on your computer.


Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE requires the following software is installed on your local computer:

  • Acquia Developer Studio CLI (installation instructions)
  • The latest version of one of the following browsers:
    • Chrome
    • Edge
    • Firefox
    • Safari

Getting started

After installing Acquia Developer Studio CLI, install and configure Remote IDE to provide an integrated development environment (IDE) for your use, after which you can then clone your Acquia Cloud application to your new IDE.

Managing existing integrated development environments

The following commands can help you manage your existing integrated development environments:

  • ads ide:list: Display a list of existing integrated development environments.
  • ads ide:open: Open an existing integrated development environment in your web browser.
  • ads ide:delete: Delete an existing integrated development environment.


Deleting an integrated development environment deletes all information, files, and databases from that environment. Acquia cannot recover this data.

Understanding the user interface

The Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE user interface displays the files and directories to which you have access in an Explorer pane to the left, and a code editor on the right providing access to your previously-opened content.

For more information about the user interface, see Using the Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE user interface. For information about configuring preferences in the user interface, see Settings and preferences.

Integrated development environment container resources

For a list of the tools, developer resources, and services available in the Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE container, see Resources in Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE.

Using the Remote IDE terminal

The Acquia Developer Studio container provides a command-line terminal with access to the Bash shell. To learn more about using and configuring the terminal, see Using the terminal in Acquia Developer Studio Remote IDE.