Linux Apps

Xed Text Editor – A Replacement of Gedit and Pluma

Written by Martins D. Okoi

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.

Xed Text Editor

Xed Text Editor

Xed Text Editor Dark Theme

Xed Text Editor Dark Theme

Xed Text Editor Preferences

Xed Text Editor Preferences

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
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Remember that Xed is a simple one so don’t expect it to drag for top-tier spots with advanced ones like Ice Coder, Visual Studio Code, or even EncryptPad.

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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
$ cd xed/
$ ./
$ 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.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • HugoLia

    Any guide how to install Xed on Debian Jessie?

    • The instruction for Ubuntu should work.
      Or use synaptic package manager to install it.

      • Subhadip Ghosh

        Why don’t the Linux MInt guys also make it available in the upstream?

        • I don’t know.
          It’s supposed to be a Go-to task if they care about their users enough.

        • MikeF

          Good point. I intend to ‘ask’ Clem on the LM blog at the next opportunity.
          BTW for non-LM oriented folks, the x-apps have two main goals: to provide ‘classic’ desktop environments with more usable GTK3 based apps, and to restore and extend functionality that was previously removed by the GNOME project.

      • HugoLia

        Ubuntu instructions don’t apply to Debían Jessie, there is no repository for Debían.
        I tried to install frontera the source tar.gz but most of the prereq are missing on Jessie.

        • Well, that’s too bad.
          The repo page has no instructions on how to install on Debian so I assumed as above.

  • Jim Mooney

    I got xed to work on windows ubuntu fine, but I get a ton of warnings. Is there any way to suppress warnings?

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      Which warnings are you getting? It will help if you can copy and paste some of them here

  • patrick constant

    Is there the possibility to use xed for replacing a text by a combinaison of Hexadecimal character & text.
    For example replace “<option" by "<option" (where CR & LF are in hexa code).

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      I didn’t test Xed to that extent so you’ll have to install it and try out the functionalities you would like to

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