To create a workspace, you need to select few options including workspace name, resource, image and few advanced settings.

Put the asterisk mark(*) on the required option

Workspace Name*

Once you start to create a new workspace, the default workspace name will be randomly generated. Specify a good name to remember.


You can choose a cluster managed by VESSL or a custom cluster registered by yourself. (See configure organization cluster.) The managed cluster always on the cloud vendor server, whereas the custom cluster could be either on the cloud server or on the on-premise server.


Choose the type of resource that the container will use. Select the resource among the dropdown option or specify the requirements manually.


You can choose the Docker image that the workspace container will use. There are two types of images: the Managed Image and the Custom Image. Select the Docker image type that you want to run on the workspace container.

For the Managed Image, you can simply select such an option, then the image managed by VESSL will be used in default. You can run Jupyter services on the managed image.

Debian based images are compatible.

Advanced Setting

Max Runtime

Specify the max runtime (default: 24 hours) for this workspace. After max runtime, workspace will be automatically stopped.

(For Enterprise Plan) Organization admin can limit the max runtime that users can input.


You can specify the disk size (default: 100GB) to use in your container. This will be the request storage size of your PVC. Disk size cannot be changed once the workspace is created.

Disk size can be ignored in a custom cluster due to limitation of kubernetes. (official docs)


You can customize port settings. By default, 8888 (jupyter) and 22 (ssh) are exposed.

Init script

Init script is a shell script that runs every time the workspace starts. Because /root is the only persistent directory, packages you installed outside the home directory may reset on stop & start. In this case, you can fill init script with install commands such as apt-get update && apt-get install ripgrep -y.

Volume (custom cluster only)

You can attach your NFS/Host machine volume.