1.25 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
3.3/5 54
A text editor and integrated development environment for Linux-based operating system

editor's review






Geany is an open source piece of software that provides users with a lightweight and easy to use IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and programmer's text editor utility for the GNU/Linux platform.

Features at a glance

Key features include syntax highlighting, code completion, symbol lists, support for a wide range of file types, code folding, symbol name auto-completion, call tips, code navigation, and auto-completion of HTML and XML tags.

In addition, it features a plugin interface that allows users to extend its default functionality, a state-of-the-art build system for compiling and executing the code, construct snippets and auto-completion, simple project management, as well as auto-closing of XML and HTML tags.

Supported filetypes include C, C++, C#, Python, Java, Perl, Ruby, Fortran, Vala, Lua, Tcl, NSIS, Haxe, Make, FreeBasic, Pascal, Ada, Diff, PHP, HTML, CSS, XML, Ferite, Verilog, Txt2tags, Abc, D, ActionScript, JavaScript, Haskell, Docbook, CMake, ASM, Conf, Genie, LaTeX, Markdown, R, Po, Shell Script, SQL, Matlab, reStructuredText, CAML, YAML, VHDL, GLSL, and F77.

The following plugins are shipped with Geany: Classbuilder for creating source files, Export for exporting files in other formats, Filebrowser for browsing the filesystem, HTML Characters for inserting HTML character entities, Split Window for splitting the window in two, and Save Actions (autosave, backupcopy, instantsave).

Under the hood and availability

The program is written entrily in the C++ programming language and features a graphical user interface designed using the GTK+ 2 GUI toolkit. It is available for download only as a source archive, but it can be easily installed from the default software repositories of many GNU/Linux operating systems.

Besides Linux, the software is known to support BSD flavors like FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD, Solaris, AIX, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures are supported at this time.

Bottom line

Summing up, Geany is a decent and fast IDE that supports a plethora of programming languages and it's independent from a specific desktop environment, such as GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon, or MATE.

Geany was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 27th, 2015
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