gedit 3.2.1 displaying the XHTML coding for a Wikipedia page, including colour-coded syntax highlighting.
Jesse van den Kieboom
Federico Mena Quintero
|Initial release||12 February 1999|
|Stable release||3.10 (26 September 2013[±])|
|Preview release||3.11.3 (19 February 2014[±])|
|Written in||C, Python|
|License||GNU General Public License|
gedit is a text editor for the GNOME desktop environment, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Designed as a general purpose text editor, gedit emphasizes simplicity and ease of use. It includes tools for editing source code and structured text such as markup languages.
gedit includes syntax highlighting for various program code and text markup formats. gedit also has GUI tabs for editing multiple files. Tabs can be moved between various windows by the user. It can edit remote files using GVFS (GnomeVFS is now deprecated) libraries. It supports a full undo and redo system as well as search and replace. Other typical code oriented features include line numbering, bracket matching, text wrapping, current line highlighting, automatic indentation and automatic file backup.
The features of gedit include multilanguage spellchecking and a flexible plugin system allowing the addition of new features, for example snippets and integration with external applications including a Python or Bash terminal. A number of plugins are included in gedit itself, with more plugins in the gedit-plugins package and online.
gedit has an optional side pane displaying the list of open files and (in a different tab of the side pane) a file browser. It also has an optional bottom pane with a Python console and (using gedit-plugins) terminal. gedit automatically detects when an open file is modified on disk by another application and offers to reload that file. Using a plugin (in gedit-plugins package), gedit can save and load sessions, which are lists of currently open tabs.
gedit supports printing, including print preview and printing to PostScript and PDF files. Printing options include text font, and page size, orientation, margins, optional printing of page headers and line numbers, as well as syntax highlighting.
In late 2013 and early 2014 the application received major upgrades, with a new, cleaner user interface and code base improvements to make it work better with other desktop interfaces, such as Unity. The new version of gedit will likely be incorporated in Gnome 3.12 or later.
Designed for the X Window System, gedit 3 uses the GTK+ 3.0 and GNOME 3.0 libraries, the same way, gedit 2 relies on GNOME 2 (gedit, as part of GNOME, differs depending on GNOME). The GNOME integration includes drag and drop to and from Nautilus, the GNOME file manager.
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