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Screenshot of Leafpad, taken on an Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) installation.
Developer(s) Tarot Osuji
Initial release 11 November 2004
Stable release / 23 December 2010
Written in GTK+
Operating system Linux, BSD, Maemo
Available in English, Esperanto, Galician, Catalan, Finnish, French, Hungarian[citation needed]
Type Text editor
License GNU GPLv2+
Website tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/

Leafpad is an open source text editor for Linux, BSD, and Maemo. Created with the focus of being a lightweight text editor with minimal dependencies, it is designed to be simple and easy-to-compile. Leafpad is the default text editor for both the LXDE[1] Desktop environment and Xubuntu 11.10[2] and 12.04.[3]

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Leafpad is free software.[4]


Leafpad's features include a codeset option, auto codeset detection, an unlimited Undo/Redo feature,[5] and drag and drop capabilities.[6]

Leafpad has a small footprint compared to editors such as gedit or Kate.[5][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LXDE - Lightweight X11 Desktops Environment". LXDE Project. Sourceforge. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Information about Xbuntu 11.10". Ubuntu Wiki. Ubuntu. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Xubuntu 12.04 released". Canonical. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Leafpad". tarot.freeshell.org. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jack M. Germain (7 April 2010). "gEdit and Leafpad Make a Good Text-Editing Team". LinuxInsider. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Jack Wallen (1 May 2010). "Leafpad: Yet another Linux text editor". ghacks.net. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Danny Stieben (2 May 2011). "Leafpad – An Ultra-Lightweight Text Editor". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 

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