GNU Zile

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This article is about the text editor. For the Turkish city, see Zile.
Developer(s) Reuben Thomas
Stable release 2.4.11 / February 26, 2014; 9 months ago (2014-02-26)[1]
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Text editor
License GNU General Public License

Zile is a free software Emacs-like UNIX text editor. Written by Sandro Sigala and later maintained by Reuben Thomas, Zile's goal is to behave like GNU Emacs using less resources. In the tradition of recursive acronyms, Zile stands for Zile Is Lossy Emacs. Zile is distinguished by a RAM Memory footprint, of approximately 100kB. It is 8-bit clean, allowing it to be used on any sort of file that doesn't require Unicode support.[2]

Zile's keyboard shortcuts are similar to those of Emacs. It incorporates many standard Emacs features, including:

  • Multi buffer editing with multi level undo
  • Multi window
  • Killing, yanking and registers
  • Minibuffer completion
  • Auto fill (word wrap)


  1. ^ Thomas, Reuben (2014-02-26). "zile-2.4.11 released". info-gnu. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  2. ^ GNU Project: Zile.

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