JEdit 5.1.0 / 5.0pre1

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JEdit, Programmers text editor.

Updated by Editors on Monday, January 6, 2014.
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JEdit is an Open Source programmer's text editor written in Java. It is released under the GNU General Public License and is being developed by Slava Pestov, with occasional code contributions from various other people. jEdit was written for Java 1.1 with Swing 1.1, and also runs under Java 2.

Requirements: Java 1.3 or later

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Latest releases :

5.1.0 [Stable]
January 6, 2014

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Displaying 8 of 30 comments.
By Anonymous on Monday, September 22, 2008.

I am very very picky when it comes to editors, but Jedit deserves it: IT IS JUST PERFECT. Here are my reasons to say that:

(1) Block selection (2) SFTP plugin (3) Speed (previous versions used to be sloooowww tough) (4) Highly configurable highlighting (5) Portability

I used editors provided by eclipse, netbeans, Xcode etc. and only Jedit provides *everything* I need in one package, although these editors might have one or two advantages over Jedit.

Tops for PHP/HTML/et al.
By Anonymous on Friday, October 5, 2007.

Having used many an editor - most every one you can imagine - I can definitely attest to jEdit being tops by far! Usually I'm not a fan of applications written in Java, but jEdit pulls it off well.

By Anonymous on Monday, October 23, 2006.

I am pretty impressed with this editor!!! excellent.

JEdit is my editor of choice
By Anonymous on Thursday, June 23, 2005.

The more I use JEdit the more I like it. I have to work on everything from batch scripts to TCL/TK scripts and JEdit does it all and does it well. As a Perforce admin and Configuration Manager I have yet to find a better editor that does what I need.

By Anonymous on Tuesday, May 3, 2005.

So many features, but what is it? It's not really a text editor, it's not really an IDE... it's somewhere in between.

If I want a really good programming text editor, I'll use NEdit which has so many of the same features (plus some nice extras of its own) and is SOO much more light weight. (Check it out! Syntax hilighting, rectangular selections, great programmable macros, tabbed browsing, VERY FAST...)

If I want an IDE, I'll just use Eclipse or KDevelop. Sure, they're bulky, but they do everything and that's what I want in an IDE. They even do more than jEdit.

So, to be honest, I just don't see where jEdit fits in. The one plus I can give it is it's a nice editor that you can get used to that will work on pretty much any OS, so you don't have to worry about using a different program when you have to use a different computer.

Brilliant: Light, many plugins and macros
By Anonymous on Saturday, May 8, 2004.


Jedit is light, the basic version open in less than 2 seconds (Athlon XP) .

Then, you can get many plugins offered by the community.

But, what I prefer is the macro language, bean shell, which is an interpreted java script language.

This macro language allows you to create macros to handle the selections of text. As a consequence, it is very simple to automatise current tasks and generate code.

In addition, it is now possible to install plugins and macros from internet directly from the plugins manager

A really wonderful tool !.

Simply the best!
By Anonymous on Saturday, March 13, 2004.

JEdit is the most complete and powerful programmer editor I've ever used. The best choice for every developer, imho.

jEdit Rocks
By Anonymous on Thursday, September 18, 2003.

This is the best text editor I've ever used. Period.

If you haven't already, you really should try it.

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