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I just installed the ubuntu 11.10, and I want to install a plugin for gEdit.

I unpacked the plugin to the following folder: ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins but in the gedit doesn't show up the plugin.

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gEdit 3

The version of gEdit in Oneiric & above is v3 built using gtk+3 libraries. The plugin folder locations are slightly different than from gEdit v2.

Every plugin needs at least two files.

One file (pluginname.plugin) is to tell gedit:

  • where the plugin can be found,
  • what it's called,
  • a short description,
  • who is the author, etc.

This file is in the .desktop format.

The second file is the actual code.

Both of these files need to be placed in either:

  • the system-wide plugins directory /usr/lib/gedit/plugins/, or
  • in the user plugins directory, which may have to be manually created - ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins/.

Installing Plugins

First create the plugin folder:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins

Now create a .plugin file using gedit N.B. these files have the format:

Name=Example py
Description=A Python plugin example
Authors=Jesse van den Kieboom <>
Copyright=Copyright © 2006 Jesse van den Kieboom <>


For your v2 plugin you already have a file called project-manager.gedit-plugin so you can rename it:

mv project-manager.gedit-plugin project-manager.plugin

Then edit the plugin file and change the section header to "[Plugin]"

You will now see this in your gedit plugin list.

However for me it threw errors about "import gedit, gtk,".

You need to change the source code to import the gtk+3 variants - called python introspection.

An excellent tutorial for converting from gtk+2 to gtk+3 see

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Note that there is a good library of third party plugins for gedit 3 here: For those that missed it in the section above the critical bit for a plugin being found by gedit 3 is that the plugin has a .plugin extension. If it has a .gedit-plugin extension then it is an old version. – icc97 Jun 22 '13 at 8:42

I finally found where the gEdit plugins are stored. Try putting the two files to whatever plugin here: /usr/lib/gedit/plugins.

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