in Windows I'm using Komodo & Notepad++ for coding HTML, CSS etc. In Ubuntu, what's the best editor I can use? Thanks :)

  • This question is an opinion. I suggest gedit or vim. YMMV – Panther Feb 16 '15 at 2:29
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    Note these questions are often seen as too broad and opnion based for this site, as they are many different answer and you will get only opinions of what people prefer best. . Also try this askubuntu.com/questions/313973/… – Wilf Feb 16 '15 at 2:31
  • @muru - no, DreamWeaver is more a WYSIWYG HTML editor that has a nice habit of butchering code and producing things for IE only :). You would need bluegriffon not bluefish then. – Wilf Feb 16 '15 at 2:40
  • @Wilf Don't care. Answers fit the question. Either that or close as opinion based. – muru Feb 16 '15 at 2:41

My personal favorite for web programming would have to be Brackets.

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It has support and syntax highlighting for many, many languages, and has plenty of awesome features.

It has an awesome interface that's really easy to use, along with a whole raft of features, like over 100 extensions accessible right from within a built-in Extension Manager, live-preview which allows you to see the changes you make right away – no reloading the page any more, quick-edit that allows you to edit the CSS for the current tag without changing files, tag completion, and a bunch more.

Granted, you have to have Chrome (or Chromium, that works too) to use the Live Preview, but that is probably one of the best features. Basically, you can tweak a bit of code within the page's code and you can see that change as soon as you complete the code line.

Here’s a video, albeit a bit outdated, that provides a basic introduction to Brackets and its features.

You can add a PPA to install Brackets get automatic updates for it via:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install brackets
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  • Well done! I installed it and it seems to work great! Thank you! I also like Sublime Text 3 :) – MeymiGrøu Mey Jun 4 '15 at 19:55
  • @MeymiGrøuMey That's also another very god one. When I wrote this I actually hadn't discovered Sublime Text yet, but have since. Still, I prefer Brackets for web programming since that's its main focus. ST3 is very good though, and it's what I use for all my application programming. – RPiAwesomeness Jun 5 '15 at 1:10

Bluefish is great - it supports HTML, CSS, JS and much more besides. Also supports tag completion , multi-threading & documenting etc. You can install it from the repos using:

sudo apt-get install bluefish


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Note you can install Notepad++ under Wine, and a script for PlayOnLinux is also available

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    Good thing about Bluefish, it supports gvfs making it possible to easily edit files on remote servers (I use sftp://user@server but other schemes are supported) – sxc731 Dec 17 '15 at 14:41
  • I'm turned off by the fact this is just another extendable text editor, but the more screenshots I see of this, the more comparable it looks to a fully featured IDE... This looks extremely useful! :D – Tcll Jan 4 '17 at 19:09
  • except for the fact it seems to freeze on large generated HTML documents. – Tcll Jan 5 '17 at 8:06
  • @Tcll - which version are you using? – Wilf Jan 5 '17 at 14:35
  • should be the latest I think... I'm using this on Xubuntu 14.04... * checks * nope... 2.2.5 :O – Tcll Jan 5 '17 at 19:40

Gedit is a pretty nice tool, its like the notepad of Linux. There are more specialized programs out there but sometimes the simplest work the best :)

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  • Thank you for your answer, have you tried Sublime Text 3 or Brackets? If not, you should check them out :) – MeymiGrøu Mey Jun 4 '15 at 19:55
  • Exactly correct. – laksys Jan 10 '16 at 2:34

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