Gedit is an open source text editor application for Linux-based operating systems. It is mostly used under the GNOME desktop environment, but you can also install it on other open source window managers.
It is more than a simple text editor, as it can be used by developers as a programmers’ editor. The software provides users with an uncluttered user interface that can be used by novices and expert users alike.
Recognizes numerous programming languages
Gedit features full support for internationalized text (UTF-8), configurable syntax highlighting for various languages, such as C, C++, Java, XML, HTML, Python, Perl, undo and redo functions, as well as the ability to load files from remote locations.
Talking about supported programming languages, the application automatically detects the syntax of a certain file, but it also allows users to choose one from the statusbar or the Highlights Mode entry of the View menu.
Features at a glance
Its main features include spell checking support with automatic highlighting of misspelled words, advanced document statistic functionality that displays the total number of lines, words, bytes, as well as characters, with or without spaces, in the entire document or the current selection.
Among other features we can mention file reverting, print and print preview support, clipboard support (cut, copy, paste), search and replace, go to specific line, auto indentation, text wrapping, line numbers, right margin, current line highlighting, bracket matching, file backup, and configurable colors and fonts.
Supported OSes and availability
While the application is distributed only as a source archive that can be configured, compiled and installed on any Linux flavor, users can find and install Gedit straight from the default software repositories of their distribution.
With a complete online user manual, Gedit can be easily used by programmers to successfully write and edit code. Besides Linux, the application also supports the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.