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Top 10 Best Text Editors For Linux Desktop In 2018

Pick the one that is suitable according to your needs

Top X published date 8th March, 2018 Akash Singh Chauhan

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In order to build an application or to create a software, coding skills are  necessary for a developer. The coding basics and details are requisite if you want to build something without any errors. However, coding is beyond just writing codes, it requires you to give uncompromised attention and hard work to write error-free long codes. But, the days are gone when developers need to look upon every small detail while coding. The text editors for Linux are the best tools for developers to freely write codes without taking stress about the perfection (error-free).

In addition, these text editors also offer additional features to the coders for making their work easier. In this article, we have listed 10 best text editors for Linux among all the available editions in the market. The text editors or IDEs are the new editors that offer tons of fascinating features to help in building great apps.

1. Brackets


The light-weighted text editor was launched by Adobe back in 2014 for the developers with some additional features. The tool was built specially for the front-end developers and web designers with inline editing, live preview and focused visual tools for preprocessor support. The Linux text editor was built by the company from the scratch which is based on CSS, HTML and Javascript. The Linux text editor also includes some other features and capabilities for the developers including files navigation. The latest version of the editor available for developers is Brackets 1.12.

2. Vim

The Vim Linux text editor is also known as Vi Improved editor which is the enhanced version of Unix editor, Vi. It is among the preferable editors for the developers due to its prime focus of fulfilling the developer’s needs. The editor sometimes called as the programmer's editor as it focuses more on solving the developer's problems like support for additional languages. The editor can be operated as a command line interface and a standalone application in GUI as well. However, its powerful editing features like automatic commands, split screens, tab expansion, digraph input and syntax coloring make it a bit tough for the beginners. The tool is totally based on Vim Script and C language and the latest version of the Vim available is Vim 8.0 that you will find on the Vim’s website.

3. GNU Emacs

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The globally popular Linux text editor, GNU Emacs is one of the most used tools in the text editor category. GNU Emacs is also one of the oldest Linux editors available for developers to make coding simple. Richard Stallman, the founder of the GNU Project is the man behind this text editor. The open source editor also offers tutorial supports with extensive documentation for the users. In spite of being written in Lips and C programming, GNU Emacs offers the integration of email, news and debugger interface.

4. Sublime Text

If you conduct a survey among the developers for the best Linux text editor of this generation, then Sublime Text will top the list. The editor is built for coding, markup and natively support number of markup and programming languages. The user can add plugins to the editor for expanding the functionalities of the Sublime Text. There is a feature in the tool named “Goto Anything”. As the name suggests it helps the users to navigate any code, file and even symbol. The other features of the Sublime Text include Python-based plugin API, project-specific preferences, simultaneous editing, and palette.

5. Atom


Atom is popularly known as the text editor of the 21st century and contains all the features that are needed to mark a spot among the best text editors. It is developed by Github and based on the HTML, Less, JS and CoffeeScript programming languages. Atom is an open source platform which was built with the help of web technologies. The Modern text editor offers the capability of customizing almost every aspect, which gives it the title ‘hackable’ editor. Atom allows the developers to select from more than 1000 of available open source packages to add new features. The text editor offers built-in package manager and file system browser along with the support for multiple pane. Currently, Atom 1.23.3 is the latest version of the text editor available for the developers.

6. Nano

This editor is written in C programming and landed in 2000. Since then it is  among the most user-friendly text editor for Linux. Nano uses a simple command line interface that helps the users to easily learn and get used to it. Nano text editor will be the real help for the users who frequently require to deal with configuration files in a Terminal. The major functionalities offered by nano are case sensitive search, auto indentation, Tab completion, Soft text wrapping and Autoconf support.

7. Light Table

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Light Table should be your first choice as a Linux text editor, if you need more customizing option on the table. It is a very powerful editor and is available for a long time now. Light Table is more likely to be an IDE with the core functionalities of a Linux text editor. With the help keybinds and extensions the text editor offers many customizable options to the developers. In addition, the Light table comprises a number of features for quick development along with many major debugging functions like inline evaluation and real-time variable tracking.

8. Eclipse

Eclipse is the best choice for the front-end developers and designers looking for a powerful Linux text editor. Eclipse is built in Java language, which makes it perfect for the Java developers to building Java applications. It offers various features that help the developers in developing and writing the Java codes without any struggle. In order to work on any other programming language, the developers need to install some additional plugins for adding the languages. Eclipse supports the programming languages like PHP, C, C++, Cobol, Ruby on Rails, Python, etc. with the help of plug-ins.

9. Kwrite


Kwrite was introduced by KDE back in 2000, the Linux text editor is totally based on the Kate text Editor. The company added KParts technology to the Kwrite for improving the text editor's performance. It allows the users to edit any remote file along with the support for encoding those files. The functionalities of Kwrite can also be multiplied with the help of additional plugins installation. The text editor contains features like word completion, syntax highlighting, auto indentation, and vi input mode.  

10. Gedit

Gedit was first released in 2000 by the GNOME desktop environment with a simple user interface. The GNOME desktops come with the Gedit text editor by default for providing an easy-to-learn and use editors for the developers. The light-weighted text editor is totally based on the C programming language and works only on internationalized text. The key features of Gedit are syntax highlighting and support for various programming languages.

Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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