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I would appreciate very much if someone could recommend me a good text editor for VHDL.

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The absolute easiest way to go would be gedit with plugins (specifically, the code snippet plugin)

sudo apt-get install gedit gedit-plugins

gedit has the benefit of working well with GHDL.

Emacs (which should come pre-installed on your machine) has a very useful VHDL mode documented here.

If you want something more full-featured, Scriptum is very full-featured and comes with support for other languages such as Verilog, C/C++, and Xilinx UCF. Its download page is here. (You have to fill out a form, but it's free and doesn't require a license.)

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For the record, I've been working on a VHDL syntax checking plugin for Vim called vim-hdl and it supports GHDL. You can check it out on github

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You're opening pandora's box here! Most editors will support syntax coloring for a wide range of languages, including VHDL. So your question could be re-interpreted as a question for just a nice editor.

Specifically for VHDL however, Emacs, VI, Notepad++ and UltraEdit are very popular as editors. See this poll and this poll. There's not Notepad++ for Linux, though (afaik).

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Vim includes a syntax file for VHDL by default.

Although a little tough to understand at first once you get used to it there are few editors faster or more useful than VIM.

You can install it by running sudo apt-get install vim-nox or if you want it with the small gtk shell sudo apt-get install vim-gtk.

Be sure to run vimtutor if this is your first time using vim, it will help you get up to speed on how vim is used. Alternativly you could take a look at this online vim tutorial.

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My personal choice is Sublime Text. You will have to add a package for Verilog and VHDL but it is very easy and Sublime Text includes modern features such as multicursor.

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