gEdit is a text editor designed for the GNOME desktop environment. It’s used for writing code in a variety of languages and provides features such as syntax highlighting, remote editing, file reverting, and backup. The text editor also has an extensive plugin library to add additional functionality through GNOME-native tools and third-party application integration.

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gEdit is the default text editor for the GNOME desktop and GNOME applications. It’s a general-purpose text editor used for a variety of code writing and editing practices. GNOME and gEdit are free and open source tools subject to the GNU general public license. The application itself is written in C and Python, but supports syntax highlighting for a number for programming languages including C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, and Perl. People use GNOME to run Linux operating systems such as Fedora, Ubuntu, and CentOS. Once they deploy the GNOME environment, gEdit becomes the default text editor for writing and editing code. Some of gEdit’s additional features include support for internationalized text, undo/redo, text wrapping, auto indentation and bracket matching.

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Review Summary

gedit has 18 reviews on G2 Crowd, 4 of which came from within the last year.
Multiple reviewers highlight gedit's:
  • More usable
  • Better at meeting requirements
  • Better at support
Most Recent gedit Review
A feature-rich text editing tool with a beautiful graphical user interface
Reviewed On December 24, 2017
When I'm writing code, I can open multiple tabs and jump across different files. It highlights my code and helps me be more productive. For instance, I can look at the main function in a program and then open the header file in a new tab and inspect the other function implementations at the same time. There's just no easy way of doing this with nano or vim.


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gEdit lists a number of plugins and extensions to integrate third-party applications and additional tools developed by The GNOME Foundation. gEdit’s native third-party integrations include: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Bazaar.

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