Bluefish 2.2.6

A GTK-based Web development editor specifically designed for the GNU/Linux ecosystem
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Bluefish is an open source and cross-platform piece of software that provides web developers with a handy and beautifully designed graphical application for editing HTML files and create websites, as well as to write programming code and shell scripts.

Key features include support for a wide range of markup and programming languages, multi-threaded support for remote files, unlimited undo and redo functionality, integration of external programs, powerful search and replace functionality, and project support.

In addition, the application features support for opening over 10.000 documents at the same time, support for HTTP, FTP, SFTP, HTTPS, CIFS and WebDAV file transfer protocols, automatic restore of project's settings, sub-pattern replacing, support for regular expressions, and recursive opening of files.

Another interesting feature is the ability to edit files in full screen mode, allowing developers and programmers to concentrate better on the code than on what the operating system does in the background. In addition, it features spell check functionality for strings and comments that is programing language aware.

Among other interesting features, we can mention a snippets sidebar, external filters, automatic recovery of changes, character map that supports Unicode characters, website upload and download, support for customizable programming languages, support for multiple encodings, support for bookmarks, ZenCoding support, tearable menus, HTML toolbar, and many more.

Supported programming and markup languages include HTML, CSS, XML, PHP, XHTML, Python, Perl, Ada, C, C++, VBS, HTML5, JSP, Lua, Google Go, Java, ASP .NET, CFML, Ruby, D, Unix Shell, SQL, Wordpress, Clojure, Vala, JavaScript, R, Scheme, NSIS, Pascal, gettext PO, MediaWiki, SVG, jQuery, and Octave/MATLAB.

Either you want to create websites or just want to write some code for your applications, Bluefish is the perfect application if you're using a GTK+ based desktop environment, such as GNOME, Xfce, MATE, LXDE or Cinnamon.

Reviewed by , last updated on April 22nd, 2014

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GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Olivier Sessink
ROOT \ Text Editing&Processing \ Markup
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What's New in version 2.2.4
  • Bluefish 2.2.4 is mostly a minor bugfix release with many small improvements.
  • It has fixes for the tab-width, the blocksync feature, scrollwheel-zoom, language syntax detection and character encoding detection, toggle comment, split view, and several more.
  • The performance of Bluefish has been improved, most notably the auto-completion popup speed.
  • New features include more simple search options, paste special (to paste for example images from Libreoffice), control-tab to switch to the most recent document, save as copy, and pylint, cssmin, jsmin, csstidy and php_beautifier integration.
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Bluefish is an open source programmer's Web development editor written using GTK+ and designed to save the experienced...

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