Last Site Update: 10 April 2018 | Stable Version: 5.5.0


Java Runtime version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or later is required for jEdit 4.4 and later.
Java Runtime version 1.7 (aka Java 7) or later is required for jEdit 5.2 and later.
Java Runtime version 1.8 (aka Java 8) or later is required for jEdit 5.4 and later.
Before installing jEdit, make sure you have a compatible Java virtual machine; see the compatibility page for details.

Option 1 - manual download and install on any OS

Stable version: jEdit 5.5.0 Changes
Download: Java-based installer 3.3 MiB (For any operating system)
Windows Installer 3.5 MiB
OS X package 4.9 MiB
Debian package 4.4 MiB
Slackware package 4.4 MiB
User's guide 0.6 MiB (PDF with A4 paper, 148 pages)
User's guide 0.6 MiB (PDF with US letter paper, 158 pages)
Source code 2.5 MiB

Daily Builds: jEdit 5.6pre1 (development trunk) Changes
Download: Daily Builds

Note: the above links are not to the files themselves, but rather to pages where you can select a download mirror. Do not use your browser's "Download Link" command on the above links.

Installation instructions are available for the following operating systems:

Using the Java-based installer

To find out which Java virtual machine is best for running jEdit on OS/2, see the compatibility page.

To install jEdit, open a command prompt and enter the following commands:

cd directory where you downloaded the JAR file
java -jar filename.jar

For example, if you downloaded jedit40install.jar into C:\Downloads, you would enter:

cd C:\Downloads
java -jar jedit40install.jar

If for whatever reason you want to start the installer in text-only mode, specify text as the last parameter on the command line. In text only mode, the installer will not display it's GUI, and instead it will ask questions from the command prompt.

To start jEdit, run the jedit.cmd script, which will be installed in the same directory as jEdit.

Option 2 - easy install on some flavors of *nix

  • FreeBSD users can find install jEdit from the ports collection by running:
    cd /usr/ports/editors/jedit
    make install
  • Gentoo Linux users can install jEdit from the portage tree by running emerge jedit.
  • To install jEdit via Debian Linux apt-get (this is also for any Debian based Distros like Ubuntu), add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

    deb http://<mirror> /
    e. g.
    deb /

    Then, just run apt-get update, followed by apt-get install jedit.

    The repository is now also secured and signed. To verify the packages you have to install the public key with which the repository is signed. This can be done by invoking apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys E6A233DBE3AFBEFC

    If you prefer manual installation of .deb files you can also download the Debian package manually.

  • If you use apt4rpm, urpmi, or a similar tool with an RPM-based Linux distribution, you can automatically stay up to date with the latest version of jEdit using the JPackage RPM repository.


If you encounter a problem while installing jEdit, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions. If that doesn't help with your problem, post to the mailing lists.
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