gedit 3.12 with syntax highlighting
Jesse van den Kieboom
Federico Mena Quintero
|Initial release||February 12, 1999|
|Stable release||3.14.1 (October 15, 2014[±])|
|Preview release||3.13.92 (September 19, 2014[±])|
|Written in||C, Python|
|License||GNU General Public License|
gedit (// or //) is the default text editor of the GNOME desktop environment and part of the GNOME Core Applications. 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.
It is designed to have a clean, simple graphical user interface according to the philosophy of the GNOME project, and it is the default text editor for GNOME. In addition, it is also available for both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
gedit includes syntax highlighting via GtkSourceView 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 via Enchant 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.
By simply pressing F11, gedit can be turned into a full-screen writing program.
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