I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 and I use gedit for a lot of things.

I was trying to install some plugins that I use quite frequently and I came into some issues.

First I installed the plugins like so:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get install gedit-plugins

I can see the plugins in gedit but when I choose to use a plugin via the edit>preferences>plugins menu this message shows up:

(gedit:6027): libpeas-WARNING **: Could not find loader 'python3' for plugin    

I know I have python3 installed because when I type python3 in my terminal I get:

 Python 3.3.1 (default, Apr 17 2013, 22:32:14) 
 [GCC 4.7.3] on linux
 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

I also have python 2.7.4, by similar terminal command.

If anyone can help me get these plugins up and running in gedit I would appreciate it very much.

2 Answers 2


I had the same issue with Ubuntu 12.04 and Gedit 3.4.1, but with a different plug-in.

This is how I resolved it: Find the file [plugin-name]*.plugin in gedit's plugin directory and edit the line Loader=python3 to Loader=python

My gedit plugin-dir was under /usr/lib/gedit/plugins/ if it helps.

  • I had a problem with another plugin (gedit-reflow) and the opposite change worked. (gedit 3.8)
    – alfC
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 8:17
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    Ditto I for ipython -- I had to use Loader=python3
    – Amanda
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 17:53

Might you have your Python virtual environment messing up the plugins as I had?

I got plugins like codecomment working by hiding my PYTHONPATH and python virtual environment before launching Gedit.

Since I still want to use my venv I have an executable script 'gedit' in my path with

PYTHONPATH= PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games /usr/bin/gedit "$@"

At least this way the plugins work for me. I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and Gedit 3.10.4.

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