Alternatives to gedit for all platforms with any license

  • Notepad++ icon

    Notepad++

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Open Source Windows

    • They are both text editors and can be used for scripting. Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Sublime Text

    Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features. Sublime Text 2, a previous version of the program, can be downloaded...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Atom icon

    Atom

    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell

  • Vim icon

    Vim

    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku OpenSolaris Xfce

  • Brackets icon

    Brackets

    Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The project was created and is maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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    Geany

    Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    GNU Emacs

    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include: ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • GNU nano icon

    GNU nano

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

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    Komodo Edit

    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or its big brother Komodo IDE) a try: it'll be worth your while. Windows, Mac, Linux? Yes. PHP...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Notepad2 icon

    Notepad2

    Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full Unicode support. Can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 4.2.25, released on October 28, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    TextMate

    TextMate is not an IDE but by using its powerful snippets, macros, and unique scoping system, it can often provide features that even a language specific IDE lacks. It has enough project management features to keep most users happy.

    Commercial Mac

  • Kate icon

    Kate

    Text editor for the KDE desktop environment with support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting. It is extensible with plugins. Features a MDI interface. Kate is a multi document editor, based on a rewritten version of the...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

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    PSPad

    PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax, ftp, projects and so on. Code explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in...

    Free Windows

  • Notepad icon

    Notepad

    Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

    Free Windows

  • SciTE icon

    SciTE

    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations - I...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • Bluefish Editor icon

    Bluefish Editor

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    UltraEdit

    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Leafpad

    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. Features: Codeset option (Some...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    AkelPad

    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages. Features * Single window (SDI), multi-window (MDI) and pseudo multi-window modes (PMDI); *...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    jEdit

    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. While jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of use, it is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Light Table icon

    Light Table

    Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • Notepad2-mod icon

    Notepad2-mod

    A modified version (fork) of Notepad2 based on Kai Liu's and other people's patches.

    Open Source Windows

  • Lime Text icon

    Lime Text

    Experimental Sublime Text clone. The Backend is written in Go (Programming Language). If you are fluent in go, go ahead fork the projekt. This project is at an early stage. It is a chance and a challenge. We hope you are up to it....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Go (Programming Language)

  • Programmer's Notepad icon

    Programmer's Notepad

    Notepad more focused on developing than just scribble down notes. These is not an exhaustive feature list, but gives you some idea of the features present in Programmer’s Notepad. * Syntax Highlighting for lots of...

    Open Source Windows

  • Neovim icon

    Neovim

    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

  • ReText icon

    ReText

    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is written in Python using Qt libraries, able to run on any platforms (Linux and BSD are officially...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • EmEditor icon

    EmEditor

    EmEditor is a fast Unicode text editor for Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 supporting large files, scriptable macros, CSV files, keyword highlighting and more.

    Commercial Windows

  • NINJA-IDE icon

    NINJA-IDE

    NINJA-IDE (from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE"), is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE). NINJA-IDE runs on Linux/X11, Mac OS X and Windows desktop operating systems, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • EditPad Lite icon

    EditPad Lite

    EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small & compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. It is a step up from Notepad, offering cleaner handling of large files, support...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Espresso icon

    Espresso

    Espresso is a powerful text editor for web developers, from the creators of CSSEdit . Elegant syntax highlighting, superior navigation, code folding, smart CodeSense, contextual text snippets...

    Commercial Mac

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    Textadept

    Textadept is a fast, minimalist, and ridiculously extensible cross-platform text editor for programmers. Written in a combination of C and Lua and relentlessly optimized for speed and minimalism over the years, Textadept is an ideal...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    SynWrite

    SynWrite is a free source code editor and notepad replacement for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. SynWrite features: syntax highlighting for lots of languages; fully customizable highlighting; code folding; tree structure view...

    Open Source Windows Total Commander

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    Caret

    Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS. Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on Sublime Text, running completely offline (no Internet connection required) and capable of opening and saving files anywhere on your...

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

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    Jota Text Editor

    Jota, pronouced as "i-o-ta", is a text editor designed for a long text file. Functions - Support until 1 million characters. - Auto-Detect multiple character codes. UTF-8 UTF-16BE UTF-16LE UTF-32BE UTF-32LE ...

    Open Source Android

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    wxMEdit

    wxMEdit is a cross-platform text and hex editor, derived from MadEdit . It adds automatic updates, bookmarks, selecting lines with a tripple click, a FreeBASIC syntax file, more supported encodings (L1, CP850, CP437 etc, KOI8...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

gedit Comments

Dont confuse

Comment by ZackGules
about gedit Sep 2015

Gedit is not a text editor, but more a IDE. Its extensible for work with source code, but not with text files. For example, its formating is hidden deeply inside (text style, line warp etc). Besides, it now uses GTK3 libraries, which have "own unique style" of GNOME3. If you are not inside GNOME3 or fan of it, you may feel uncomfortable with how it now looks and functions.

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Huge on Mac

Negative Comment by dx486
about gedit Nov 2014

Mac version needs 178 MB on disk. This is a text editor!

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gedit is my editor of choice as a web programmer. Since it ...

Comment by Visuex
about gedit Jun 2011

gedit is my editor of choice as a web programmer. Since it is completely pluggable the functinality is endless and with the File Browser plugin it can even work someone like an IDE. If you enable the Snippets plugin or create custom snippets items using AutoKey then you can have even more control over your code. Also if you install the Zen Coding plugin then you will wrtie code 5x faster at a minimum.

http://code.google.com/p/zen-coding/

gedit is fast and powerful in it's own right and then adding zen coding it becomes a top contender for best editor for Gnome Linux

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I love gedit. Simple, pluggable, and it doesn't get in the ...

Comment by evan
about gedit Jun 2011

I love gedit. Simple, pluggable, and it doesn't get in the way of my development. If you're having issues with slow load time disable the 'file browser' plugin. In some cases it'll make a huge difference in load time.

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Gedit is by NO means an "alternative" to slickedit.When usi ...

Comment by nsw42
about gedit Jun 2011

Gedit is by NO means an "alternative" to slickedit.
When using slickedit, it doesnt make a difference in speed (at least for searching the file) if the file is
10 MB; 100 MB or 1 GB in size.

Just try opening a flat 200 MB text file with gedit.

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