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 50 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 (Free, Open Source), CudaText (Free, Open Source), UltraEdit (Paid) and Aptana Studio (Free, Open Source).
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.
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GNU nano is a terminal based editor which does not at all resemble TextEdit
Negative comment • 7 months ago
Nano is a great terminal based editor, but anyone looking for an alternative to TextEdit is of course expecting a GUI application.
CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus. It starts quite fast (0.5 sec with ~30 plugins on CPU Intel Core i3 3Hz). It is extensible by Python add-ons (plugins, linters, code tree parsers, external tools).
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...
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 supported).