Best 5 Linux Open Source Text Editors

Text Editor is used to write code, editing text files like Linux configuration files, creating scripts and many more.

In this tutorial I am going to describe 5 best Linux open source text editors.

1. Vi/Vim Editor

Vim is the most used and powerful command line text editor with enhanced functionality. Vim is most popular text editor. Most programmers use vim editor and it support syntax highlighting when writing  code or editing files.


2. gEdit Editor

Gedit is GUI based text editor it comes default with Gnome Desktop environment. It is very simple to use. It is plug-gable and powerful editor.


  • It Support UTF-8.
  • Support Highly customizable syntax highlighting.
  • Good configurable font size and colors.
  • With undo and redo functionalities.
  • Files reverting.
  • Remotely file editing.
  • Support search and replace text.
  • Support clipboard functionalities.


3. Nano Editor

Nano is very easy to use for new and advanced users.


  • Support Syntax highlighting.
  • Support Key bindings.
  • With undo and redo functions.
  • Full line display on the standard output.
  • Support pager to read from standard output.

4. GNU Emacs Editor

Emacs is the highly customizable and extensible text editor. It also offers interpretation of the Lisp Programming Language.


  • Supports unicode in many natural languages.
  • User documentation and tutorials.
  • Syntax Highlighting.
  • Including mail, news, debugger interface, calendar and many more.

5. Bluefish

Bluefish is easy to use and easy to install. It is mostly used by Linux programmers and Web developers.


  • It is very light and fast.
  • With spell check feature.
  • Remotely file editing.
  • Undo and redo support.
  • Auto-recovery of modified files.
  • Support search and replace functionality and many more.

I hope this tutorial will help to choose your best text editor. If you have any queries and problem please comment in comment section.


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