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What is a good text editor for developing code on?

I'm getting into programming, and am wanting to find a good substitution to Notepad++, are there any good ones?

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Your questions seems very similar to What is a good text editor for developing code on? Plus you'll find a ton of answers there :) –  nitstorm Jul 11 '12 at 5:35
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marked as duplicate by nitstorm, Uri Herrera, fossfreedom Jul 11 '12 at 9:00

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Try sublime text 2. It's awesome.


They have ubuntu packages and everything.

And if you want something more powerfull, try Eclipse or Netbeans

Both can be installed through Software Center.

One more: Geany

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Thank you for the help, Lnx. I'll be sure to install those three as soon as I'm done reinstalling 11.10 (I really dislike 12.04 :( ) –  Christopher Jul 11 '12 at 2:05
By the way i found also this: grigio.org/pimp_my_gedit_was_textmate_linux It makes gedit more powerfull :) –  LnxSlck Jul 11 '12 at 2:05
If you really really want Notepad++ it can be installed through Wine. Touhgh i recomend you try some of the above. –  LnxSlck Jul 11 '12 at 2:09
Just to point out, ST2 doesn't have Ubuntu packages, it's just an executable that runs on Linux. You can add a PPA though, as described here. –  DisgruntledGoat Jul 30 '12 at 10:42
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Geany is worth a look. It is in the standard repository. Make sure to install the available plug-ins.

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You don't have to replace Notepad++. You can run Notepad++ under wine. http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=2983

The command to install Wine in Ubuntu is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.5

If you encounter some problems, you may seek support in Wine Users Forum: http://forum.winehq.org/viewforum.php?f=2

Good luck!

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This has been a small problem for me to find AN EXACT match. The best you will come out with that offers even a couple of more advantages are (In order of NOTEPAD++ness..):

BLUEFISH - This is basically the brother of notepad++. Most features of notepad++ are here and more. Many, MANY more.

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It has features like:

  • HTML5 Support
  • Format detection for MANY extensions
  • Advanced (Regex) Find and Replace that can also go over multiple files at once
  • Friendly web programming interface
  • Many stuff found also on Notepad++


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Simple, yet has many features that help you program better (And see the code better):

  • Theme Support (For those rough nights when coding)
  • Language Detection (Many like Notepad++)
  • User Friendly
  • Several Plugins available

Note: In the case of KDE there is KATE which is like the sister of Gedit.

Then there are a couple of big IDEs that also help like:

Anjuta - GTK Based IDE
QT - The one used for many tools like KDE, Skype and others
Geany - Small IDE with many features.
CodeBlocks - Same as Geany but a little easier with some stuff, little tricky with other.
Eclipse - Another good IDE
NetBeans - I like to think of it as the Brother of Eclipse in some cases. Aptana - The BIG brother for some cases. Full featured crazy looking IDE with so many options you will go crazy with it. I know I am ^^.

I mention this last ones just in case but after you start using bluefish I am guessing you will stop reading the rest of my post. In some cases even GEdit will help. Now if you want something that is similar to Notepad++ and also uses the same code base then Scintilla is the one:

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Looks in many ways to notepad++, but for me it just feels like it is missing something that is why I mentioned bluefish which gave me the same feeling that notepad++ did on Windows when I used Windows back in the days.

NOW for the last option: Wine

Yeap!. You can install Notepad++ on Wine and emulate that program from there. It will even appear when using the "Open With" option for several file types.

So there you have it, you have a couple of neat options and even the option to use notepad++ with wine. Hope it helps.

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I quite enjoy "Kate", a KDE-based text editor with text coloring and highlighting, indenting, directory view, even an inline terminal and the ability to pipe a file to a terminal.


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Geany (http://www.geany.org/) is awesome for general text editing and coding - just like Notepad++.

Install Geany from standard repo or for a more up to date version (recommended) use the PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:geany-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geany geany-plugins

The start Geany and go to plugin manager. Activate at least the "Addons" plugin - it offers the same functionality as Notepad++, when you double-click a word it highlights all the words in the document.

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Wondering why this was downvoted? Someone didn't like Geany? :D –  jaywink Apr 22 '13 at 19:45
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