I am not a developer, but for my work I trace a lot of codes. It is actually rather difficult reading other people's code, especially for bigger projects.

Source Insight is a great application that stores all the symbols in a data base, so you can see a new function being called, click on it and see how the function is written. You can see all the referrer of a object or jump to a caller. You don't need to break the train of thought and think up shell commands just to find these things every time you ran into a new variable/structure/function from some other files.

I have it running on WINE, but there are little glitches that sometimes gets in the way.

I know people will mention C-scope, I've tried it, but it really isn't the same. So, with so many huge open source projects out there for Ubuntu, are there native tools to help read them efficiently?


Thanks for the suggestions, but does CODE::BLOCKS or CodeLite provide abilities to see the function that the mouse clicked on without jumping to it, so I can see the caller and callee at the same time?

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    which one did you finally use? Jan 13, 2014 at 14:42
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    I finally decided to use Trinity plugin in vim, with ctag and cscope....
    – hansioux
    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:54

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Code::Blocks might be an option.

Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable.

An IDE with all the features a developer need, having a consistent look, feel and operation across platforms.

Built around a plugin framework, Code::Blocks can be extended with plugins. Any kind of functionality can be added by installing/coding a plugin. For instance, compiling and debugging functionality is already provided by plugins!

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Runs on windows too
I'll let someone else post about codelite and widestudio so you can pick one


I'm not sure if I correctly understand what you want to do, but basically any IDE can do what you want - Code::Blocks from the other answer is what comes to my mind, too; or Eclipse.

Since you don't say which language it should be for, I'll refer you to this collection of IDE's for C: C programing suites/IDEs


I think what you want is a Source-Navigator

if you still don't like this, you can wine your source insight.


There is none. No other IDE is as intuitive as source insight and if that would be they will be licensed and paid.


There is sourcetrail : Sourcetrail is a cross-platform source explorer for C, C++, Java and Python.

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