Last Site Update: 28 July 2013 | Stable Version: 5.1.0
Java Runtime version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or later is required for jEdit 4.4 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
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:
Installing the platform-specific package
After downloading the EXE file, just double click it or run the executable from the commandline. Then just follow the onscreen instructions.
Using the Java-based installer
To find out which Java virtual machine is best for running jEdit on Windows, see the compatibility page.
To install jEdit, simply double-click on the JAR file you downloaded; the installer should start automatically.
If it doesn't start, then you will need to open an MS-DOS prompt (Start->Programs->MS-DOS Prompt) and enter the following commands:
cd directory where you downloaded the JAR file java -jar filename.jar
For example, if you downloaded
cd C:\Downloads java -jar jedit41install.jar
If for whatever reason
you want to start the installer in text-only mode, specify
Note that some Java versions for Windows have a bug where a JAR file whose full path names contains a bang (!) will not run. If you get an error like the following, try moving the installer JAR to a directory whose name does not contain the bang:
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException at java.io.Reader.<init>(Unknown Source) at java.io.InputStreamReader.<init>(Unknown Source) at java.util.Properties.load(Unknown Source) at installer.Install.<init>(Unknown Source) at installer.SwingInstall.<init>(Unknown Source) at installer.Install.main(Unknown Source)
Option 2 - easy install on some flavors of *nix
Problems?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.