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.
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.
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.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on April 22nd, 2014
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- Shortly after 1.24, we release 1.24.1 which fixes missing inclusion of two files in the release tarball, resulting in various small UI issues (see bugs #1037 and #1038). We are sorry for this inconvenience.
- Note that only distribution tarballs are affected, neither the Windows installer nor the installations performed from Git clones are.
Application descriptionGeany is an open source, small and lightweight integrated development environment (IDE) and text editor application fo...