Xed (XML text EDitor) is a simple text editor with more features than your average editor. It features support for utf-8 to encode edited files, auto indentation, syntax highlighting, printing, and file comparison among others.
Xed is extensible using plugins and it even comes straight out of the box with preinstalled plugins to help users edit files quicker and more easily.
This is a good reason why Xed is usually suggested as a replacement for text editors like Gedit and Pluma. In actuality, it is a fork of Pluma which is a fork of Gedit 2.x. And the main difference between Pluma and Xed is that the latter is an X-App.
It has a typically neat and responsive text editing User Interface.
Features in Xed
- Complete support for UTF-8 text
- Auto indentation and configurable indentation values
- View CVS changelogs
- Colored syntax highlighting
- Remote file editing
- Smart find and replace
- Print preview and printing
- File comparison
- File history
- Complete preferences interface
- Support for plugin customization
- Optional python support
- Prebundled plugins including Spell checker, Case Transform, File browser, Sort, and Insert Date/Time
- Edit multiple files in one window using tabs
Xed is the default editor application on Linux Mint so if that’s your preferred Linux distro then you own it already.
To download Xed on Ubuntu and its derivatives, add the PPA to your rep via the terminal:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/xapps $ sudo apt update $ sudo apt install xed
For other Linux distributions, you can clone and install it from source as shown:
$ git clone https://github.com/linuxmint/xed.git $ cd xed/ $ ./autogen.sh $ make $ sudo make install
what’s your take on Xed? Is it a better simple editor than Gedit or is it even worth having at all since there are so many advanced text editors out there? The comments section below.