Gedit…More Than A Simple Text Editor

Gedit is the official text editor for GNOME desktop. While it is simple and easy to use, it is actually much more powerful than what it seems to be.


Some useful features include:

  • Full support for internationalized text (UTF-8)
  • Configurable syntax highlighting for various languages (C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, Perl and many others)
  • Editing files from remote locations
  • File reverting
  • Print preview support
  • Go to specific line
  • Auto indentation
  • Text wrapping
  • Line numbers
  • Right margin
  • Current line highlighting
  • Bracket matching
  • Backup files
  • Configurable fonts and colors

In addition, it is also completely scalable with its plugin system. The plugins are written in C or python and some of those useful ones are already included in the package. It is easy to create your own plugins too and there is no limit as to how you want your Gedit to be. In short, the sky is the limits.

Useful resources:

PS: The latest version is 2.20.4 and include a fix for proper detection of the current display viewport, so that launching logic works properly on Compiz

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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