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Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment.

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • OpenSolaris

Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.

Currently it features:
* Full support for internationalized text (UTF-8)
* Configurable syntax highlighting for various languages (C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, Perl and many others)
* Undo/Redo
* Editing files from remote locations
* File reverting
* Print and print preview support
* Clipboard support (cut/copy/paste)
* Search and replace
* Go to specific line
* Auto indentation
* Text wrapping
* Line numbers
* Right margin
* Current line highlighting
* Bracket matching
* Backup files
* Configurable fonts and colors
* A complete online user manual More Info »



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Links to official gedit sites

Official Website
gedit was added by genba in Apr 2009 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2015. There is a history of activites on gedit in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on gedit or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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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.


Huge on Mac

Negative Comment by dx486 about gedit Nov 2014

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


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.

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


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.


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.