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TextEdit Alternatives for Linux

TextEdit is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Sublime Text. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Vim or gedit. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to TextEdit and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to TextEdit are GNU nano, CudaText, UltraEdit and Aptana Studio.

TextEdit alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of TextEdit.
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  1. 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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightSublime Text consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSublime Text can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableSublime Text is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingSublime Text supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ PortableSublime Text can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to TextEdit.
  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightVim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVim is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVim supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceVim either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownVim supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingVim can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    Some users think Vim is a great alternative to TextEdit, some don't.

    Vim is best in class for what it is designed to do (CLI text editing) but is not at all like the GUI TextEdit. The average TextEdit user would not even recognize Vim.

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    gedit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • GNOME
    • 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.

    ⚫︎ Lightweightgedit consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsgedit can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax Highlightinggedit supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Spell Checkinggedit can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    The Default look under GNOME with Adwaita
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    GNU nano

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    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 support, and filename tab completion.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceGNU nano either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    GNU nano is a terminal based editor which does not at all resemble TextEdit

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    Nano is a great terminal based editor, but anyone looking for an alternative to TextEdit is of course expecting a GUI application.

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    CudaText

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus.

    ⚫︎ LightweightCudaText consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCudaText can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableCudaText is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Multi-selections, Replace dialog at bottom


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    UltraEdit

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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 platforms (Windows 2000 and later).

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    UltraEdit features an integrated FTP browser and supports syntax highlighting for hundreds of languages, with more always in the works. And with an integrated SSH/telnet client, scripting, custom tools, macros and Smart Templates, UltraEdit's ready for any coding session.
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    Aptana Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more. Includes support for PHP, CSS, FTP, and more...

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Aptana Studio simultaneously.
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    jEdit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.

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    jEdit on Windows
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    ReText

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownReText supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    SciTE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Xfce

    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.

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