A list of Text Editors (developers, users) for Ubuntu – Comparison


A good text editor is always needed by everyone to keep note of a small things, a big write up, quick notes etc. If you are a developer, then its a must for you. In Ubuntu there are plenty of text editor available and here is a snapshot of some of tested free text editors available, their features, how to install and most importantly how they look. The order is from BASIC editor to MEDIUM/COMPLEX editor.


Leafpad is a very simple text editor. Its very lightweight. Only recommended for taking small notes, easy access. One can use this for programming, development but its a editor that’s purpose only text – nothing else. Simple and elegant.

How to Install Leafpad

To Install Leafpad in Ubuntu, Mint run below command in terminal (enter password when prompted):

sudo apt-get install leafpad

A sample screenshot leafpad text editor at work:



SciTE is also similat to Leafpad but with some added features. Its for entry level programmers and a simple editor. All basic editor features are available. It has syntax highlighting for almost all popular languages feature but it doesn’t provide auto-complete. However it has tabbed facility.

How to Install SciTE

To install SciTE in Ubuntu run below command in terminal and enter password when prompted:

sudo apt-get install scite

A sample screenshot SciTE text editor at work:



Its a light weight editor, main target are the programmers or developers. Almost all basic features are available, here is a snapshot of some important features:

Syntax Highlighting: Yes
Auto Complete: No
Features to look for: In-built file browser, HEX Color picker, Basic Compiler, Tabbed browsing, A scratch pad, in document navigation (to back and to from).

How to Install Geany

To install Geany in Ubuntu, run below command in terminal and enter password when prompted.

sudo apt-get install geany

A sample screenshot Geany text editor at work:

Geany Text Editor


Bluefish is perfect for developers, programmers. It is simple and have lots of cool features in built. It has a small one-time learning curve before you use. In a snapshot – its perfect for entry level programmers.

Syntax Highlighting: Yes
Auto Complete: Yes (basic)
Features to look for: In-built file browser, a character map, in built documentations, PHP and Apache support, Tabbed editor, CSS, HTML5 generator.

How to install Bluefish

To install Bluefish in Ubuntu, run below command in terminal and enter password when prompted:

sudo apt-get install bluefish

A sample screenshot of bluefish text editor running in Ubuntu:


Some other editors

Apart from these, some more advanced editors are available which you can look for. These needs some bit of learning before you use them and they are for advanced developers, programmers – here is a llist of them, you can check out on their webpage.


Vim Webpage  (the best)


eclipse homepage/


emacs homepage


MonoDevelop homepage

Drop a comment if you want to see some other editor in action before you use them!

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