jEdit is a programmer's text editor written in Java. It uses the Swing toolkit for the GUI and can be configured as a rather powerful IDE through the use of its plugin architecture.


  • Written in Java, so it runs on Mac OS X, Unix, VMS and Windows.
  • Built-in macro language; extensible plugin architecture.
  • Hundreds of plugins can be downloaded and installed from within jEdit using the plugin manager feature.
  • Auto indent, and syntax highlighting for more than 200 languages.
  • Supports a large number of character encodings including UTF8 and Unicode.
  • Folding for selectively hiding regions of text.
  • Word wrap.
  • Highly configurable and customizable.
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  • I'm using jEdit for every text-edit tasks I have simply because: 1) It's so versatile 2) (relatively) easy to adjust to one's needs 3) Powerful due to its plugins 4) fast (enough) on a descent system 5) Usable on each OS I care for: macOS, Linux, (sometimes) WinDOS and even Solaris (back in those days...)

  • Great if you want something really flexible and reliable that will help you for years

  • Works great.

  • jEdit is great because: 1) reliable and portable 2) live project with much developer activity 3) edit modes are great, I've written two myself 4) regex search and replace is fantastic 5) great plugins like code2html jEdit is my IDE for developing in my open open source language Ublu, the Midrange and Mainframe Life Cycle Extension Language

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  • Лучший редактор для тех, кто любит горячие клавиши. Не хватает только emmet/zencoding и дополнения значений CSS-свойств. UPD: появился zrncoding, хоть и не до конца, но лучше, чем ничего. К тому же, автор исправляет баги, о которых я пишу, это радует.

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Korean, French, Czech, English, Chinese (Simplified), German, Japanese, Russian

Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, Developers, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Java Swing

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