jEdit – programmer’s text editor

jEdit is a mature programmer’s text editor. It has an easy to use interface that resembles that of many other Windows and Mac text editors.

It uses the Swing toolkit for the GUI and can be configured as a rather powerful IDE through the use of its plugin architecture. Many of the jEdit’s plugin applications, and a few of the macros distributed with the program, target the Java language or integrate tools used in Java development.

The application is highly customizable and can be extended with macros written in BeanShell, Jython, JavaScript and some other scripting languages.

Features include:

  • Efficient keyboard shortcuts.
  • Unlimited undo/redo.
  • Copy and paste with an unlimited number of clipboards (known as “registers”).
  • Register contents are saved across editing sessions.
  • “Kill ring” automatically remembers previously deleted text.
  • Rich set of keyboard commands for manipulating entire words, lines and paragraphs at a time.
  • “Markers” for remembering positions in files to return to later.
  • Marker locations are saved across editing sessions.
  • Any number of editor windows may be open, each window may be split into several areas, each area can view a different file. Alternatively, different locations in one file can be viewed in more than one area.
  • Multiple open windows and split windows are remembered between editing sessions.
  • Rectangular selection.
  • Multiple selection (sometimes known as “discontinuous” or “additive” selection) for manipulating several chunks of text at once.
  • Word wrap.
  • Syntax highlights for more than 130 file types including: C, C++, C#, Erlang, Fortran, Java, Lisp, Perl,PHP, TeX, XML.
  • Source Code Editing.
  • Search and Replace.
  • File Management.
  • Customization.
  • Extensibility with more than 150 plugins already available, turning jEdit into an advanced HTML editor, and an Integrated Development Environment.
  • Comprehensive online help.

Support: jEdit Community
Developer: jEdit project
License: GNU GPL v2

jEdit is written in Java. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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