5 Best Free Code Editors for Ubuntu, Linux

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Here’s 5 free code editors for Linux systems which you should try.


Atom is a free and open-source code editor developed by GitHub. This Electron-based code editor comes with plugin support for Node.JS, embedded Git control. Atom supports more than 30+ languages. Cross-platform editing, built-in package manager, smart auto-completion, split view, themes are some of the cool features which make Atom a “go-to” editor for developers.

Atom is cross-platform and is available for Linux, OS X and Windows.

Head over to below link to get the download link for Atom.

Download Atom

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a source code editor with its own advantages. It has all the necessary or common features such as package manager, GIT support, IDE with tree view.

Sublime Text has multiple selection features where you can rename/change variable names in your source code in multiple places with a single selection.

A built-in universal search feature (press CTRL+P) where you can search functions, files, and everything – to jump to the place.

Before you head over to download, please note that Sublime Text can be downloaded and evaluated for FREE but a license is required for continued use.

Latest version of Sublime Text 3 is available to download from below link:

Download Sublime Text 3


Brackets is a modern text and code editor – built for Web developers. It comes with Visual tools, preprocessor support which makes it very easy for web development. Loaded with features such as inline editor, real-time live preview of codes – Brackets is a superior IDE and best fit for web development.

Head over to below link to download Brackets.

Download Brackets


This code editor came up as an outcome of a Kickstarter campaign with a totally different approach to an IDE/Code editor. This was the most funded software project in Kickstarter – ever. Here are some of its cool features.

  • Live preview (RUN) of your code
  • Run time data visualization in your code
  • Embed anything you want – games, graphs
  • Next level debugging with runtime value change and preview
  • Easily customizable – custom keybinding, extensions (such as VIM, emacs)
  • Elegant and lightweight IDE

You can take a look at this video to see the features of Lighttable.

Follow below link to download and try Lighttable

Download Lighttable

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a free and open-source code editor developed by Microsoft. Based on the Electron framework, Visual Studio Code supports syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, embedded Git control, and debugging. You can also customize the editor according to your need with themes, keyboard shortcuts, and preferences.

Note: The official download of Visual Studio Code is under proprietary license.

Follow below link to download Visual Studio Code.

Download Visual Studio Code


Each editor has its own unique selling point. Developers choose their own IDE as per their comfort and needs. I hope this list helped you to decide which one you would rather pick for development use. Drop a comment below with your views.


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