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Gobby – collaborative editor

Gobby is a collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. All users can work on the file simultaneously without the need to lock it. The parts the various users write are highlighted in different colours and it supports syntax highlighting of various programming and markup languages.

Gobby allows multiple users to edit the same document together over the internet in real-time. It integrates well with the GNOME environment. It features a client-server architecture which supports multiple documents in one session, document synchronization on request, password protection and an IRC-like chat for communication out of band. Users can choose a colour to highlight the text they have written in a document.

A dedicated server called infinoted is also provided.

Features include:

  • Full-fledged text editing capabilities including syntax highlighting using GtkSourceView.
  • Real-time, lock-free collaborative text editing through encrypted connections (including PFS).
  • Integrated group chat.
  • Local group undo: Undo does not affect changes of remote users.
  • Shows cursors and selections of remote users.
  • Highlights text written by different users with different colors.
  • Syntax highlighting for most programming languages, auto indentation, configurable tab width.
  • Zeroconf support.
  • Encrypted data transfer including perfect forward secrecy (PFS).
  • Sessions can be password-protected.
  • Sophisticated access control with Access Control Lists (ACLs).
  • Highly configurable dedicated server.
  • Automatic saving of documents.
  • Advanced search and replace options.
  • Internationalisation.
  • Full Unicode support.

Website: gobby.github.io
Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Armin Burgmeier, Philipp Kern and contributors
License: ISC License


Gobby is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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