Griffon IDE is an open source and completely free graphical software project for editing HTML, Bash, Perl, PHP, MySQL and C code. It allows the generation of source code in a few clicks. In other words, it’s an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) utility for the GNU/Linux platform.
The software has been designed from the ground up as a programmer’s text editor, useful for Linux developers who wish to create scripts with a very strict syntax, in Bash (UNIX Shell). It is in development for over 14 years and since 2012 it become a full featured IDE application for advanced programming needs.
Features at a glance
Key features include auto completion, project management for C, a built-in terminal emulator, SFTP (Secure FTP) mounting through SSH keys, a session management tab, support for generating documentation, support for building scripts in Bash, MySQL, Perl, PHP or HTML, as well as automatic replacement of text.
Among other features, we can mention to-do list management, a minimalist web browser, colored syntax, HTML page display, error code detection, tooltips to use PHP and Perl functions, and viewing of HTML source with GET (API source PAGE).
Another interesting feature is the ability to inject complete blocks of commonly used code, avoiding copy and paste operations. Its graphical user interface (GUI) is written in GTK+ and provides users with a powerful, easy-to-use and modern GUI that’s fully compatible with small screens.
Getting started with Griffon IDE
While Griffon IDE officially supports the Ubuntu/Debian ecosystem, it can be easily installed on any other GNU/Linux distribution by compiling the its sources. For that, you will need the SCons compiler.
Simply download the TAR archive from Softpedia or via the project’s official homepage (see link below), save it on your PC, unpack it, open the Terminal app and run the ‘scons’ command. After a successful compilation process, install Griffon IDE system wide by running the ‘sudo scons install’ command.