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gedit 3.12 with syntax highlighting
Developer(s) Paolo Maggi
Paolo Borelli
Steve Frécinaux
Jesse van den Kieboom
James Willcox
Chema Celorio
Federico Mena Quintero
Initial release February 12, 1999; 17 years ago (1999-02-12)
Stable release 3.18 (September 23, 2015; 4 months ago (2015-09-23)[1]) [±]
Preview release 3.19.4 (January 20, 2016; 23 days ago (2016-01-20)) [±][2]
Written in C, Python
Type Text editor
License GNU General Public License

gedit (/ˈɛdɪt/ or /ˈɡɛdɪt/)[3] 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.[4]

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.[4] In addition, it is also available for both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

gedit is free and open-source software subject to the requirements of the GNU General Public License version 2 or later.[4]


gedit is also available for Microsoft Windows, seen here running on Windows 8

gedit includes syntax highlighting via GtkSourceView[5] 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.[6] Other typical code oriented features include line numbering, bracket matching, text wrapping, current line highlighting, automatic indentation and automatic file backup.[6]

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.[6] A number of plugins are included in gedit itself, with more plugins in the gedit-plugins package and online.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Valencia is a gedit plugin that turns gedit into a lightweight IDE for Vala.[11]


Being part of the GNOME Core Applications gedit 3 uses the GTK+ 3.0 and GNOME 3.0 libraries. The GNOME integration includes drag and drop to and from GNOME Files.

gedit uses the GNOME help system for documentation. It also uses virtual file system and GNOME printing framework.[12]

In December 2008, gedit binaries were made available for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.[13]

Newer versions of Gedit (3.0+) for Windows are available through MSYS2 and can be installed via the built-in Pacman package manager.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clasen, Matthias (September 23, 2015). "GNOME 3.18". gnome-announce-list (Mailing list). Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "GNOME 3.19.x Development Series". Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Borelli, Paolo (19 April 2006). "Re: [gedit-list] Pronouncing gedit" (Email). GNOME Mail Services. The GNOME Project. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c The GNOME Project (October 2015). "gedit". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  5. ^ "GtkSourceView home page". 
  6. ^ a b c "gedit: a powerful, underrated text editor for everybody", Free Software Magazine 15 February 2008
  7. ^ "Lists of gedit plugins". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Lists of gedit plugins". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Printing with gedit". 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  10. ^ Sneddon, Joey-Elijah (15 January 2014). "Gedit Text Editor Finally Gets a UI Revamp". News Organization. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Valencia home page". 
  12. ^ "Free Software Directory - gedit". 2005-10-03. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  13. ^ "Club Silencio » Late Christmas gift for Windows users". 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  14. ^ "How to build your GTK+ application on Windows". 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 

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