Which is the lightest GUI text editor in Ubuntu that supports tabbed windows? I'm looking for a Windows Notepad replacement, but with tabs support.

I have no need for syntax highlighting or any other features.

  • Please define "lightest"
    – A.B.
    Aug 17, 2015 at 4:59
  • @A.B. Should start quickly. Aug 17, 2015 at 5:14
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    And what is quick? 1s, 1ms?
    – A.B.
    Aug 17, 2015 at 5:15

3 Answers 3


Standard text editor in Ubuntu (gedit) supports tabs.



Geany is a famous cross platform text editors and lot of Ubuntu users use it. You can install Geany from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Or run :

sudo apt-get install geany
  • No, that is not good because of the above answer.
    – fosslinux
    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:54
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    @ColDue96 can you explain, why this answer isn't good as the gedit answer?
    – A.B.
    Aug 17, 2015 at 5:20
  • Geany is based on the same engine as notepad++ in case anyone's interested. And SciTE, and notepad2 and a bunch of others. Geany seems to be the most well respected of those, other than maybe Notepad++ which is Windows only Nov 25, 2020 at 12:40

There is ubuntu alternative for notepad++

To install `notepadqq run the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:notepadqq-team/notepadqq
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notepadqq

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