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


jEdit Features


  • Combines the best functionality of Unix, Windows and MacOS text editors.
  • Runs on any operating system with a Java 1.6 or higher virtual
  • machine - this includes MacOS X, Linux, Unix, VMS and Windows.
  • Efficient keyboard shortcuts for everything, with predefined keymaps for Emacs, Intellij IDEA, and Mac OSX (5.0)
  • Comprehensive online help
  • Unlimited undo/redo
  • Copy and paste with an unlimited number of clipboards (known as "registers")
  • Register contents are saved across editing sessions
  • "Kill ring" automatically remembers previously deleted text
  • Rich set of keyboard commands for manipulating entire words, lines and paragraphs at a time
  • "Markers" for remembering positions in files to return to later
  • Marker locations are saved across editing sessions
  • Any number of editor windows may be open, each window may be split into several areas, each area can view a different file and keep track of an independent set of buffers. Alternatively, different locations in one file can be viewed in more than one area
  • Multiple open windows and split windows are remembered between editing sessions
  • Rectangular selection
  • Multiple selection (sometimes known as "discontinuous" or "additive" selection) for manipulating several chunks of text at once
  • Word wrap

Syntax Highlighting Modes

Supported File Types / Languages in jEdit 5.1: 211

actionscript ada ada95 ant antlr apacheconf
apdl applescript asp aspect-j assembly-agc assembly-ags
assembly-m68k assembly-macro32 assembly-mcs51 assembly-r2000 assembly-parrot assembly-x86
avro awk b batch bbj bcel
beanshell bibtex binsource-agc c cfscript chill
cil clips clojure cmake cobol coffeescript
coldfusion cplex-lp c++ c# css csv
cvs-commit d dart django dot doxygen
dsssl embperl erlang eiffel fhtml factor
jflex forth fortran fortran90 foxpro freemarker
gcbasic gettext gnuplot go gradle groovy
gsp haskell haxe hxml hex hlsl
htaccess html i4gl icalendar icon idl
inform inno-setup ini interlis io jamon
javacc java javafx javascript jcl jedit-actions
jhtml jmk json jsp latex lex
lilypond lisp literate-haskell logs logtalk lotos
lua macroscheduler mail makefile maple maven
metapost mxml ml modula3 moin mqsc
myghty mysql n3 netrexx nqc nsis2
objective-c objectrexx occam omnimark outline pascal
patch perl php pike plaintex PostgreSQL
pl-sql pl-sql9 pl1 pop11 postscript povray
powerdynamo powershell prolog progress properties psp
ptl pure pvwave pyrex python rebol
redcode relax-ng-compact renderman-rib rd rest rhtml
roff rpm-spec rtf rakefile ruby rview
s+ s# sas sbt scala scheme
sgml sip rcp shellscript shtml slate
slax smalltalk smarty sdl/pr sql-loader smi-mib
sqr squidconf stata svn-commit swig tcl
texinfo tex text rfc tld tsp
transact-sql template-toolkit twiki typoscript url uscript
vala vbscript velocity verilog vhdl visualbasic
vrml2 xml xq xsl yab yaml

Using jEdit 5.1pre1 on Fri Apr 26 02:20:09 PDT 2013 with Oracle Corporation Java 1.7.0_03 on Linux 3.1.0-1-amd64 Generated from macro Misc/Generate Modes List.bsh

There are even more contributed syntax highlighting modes at the jEdit community web site.

Source Code Editing

  • Intelligent bracket matching skips quoted literals and comments
  • Auto indent
  • Commands for shifting the indent left and right
  • Commands for commenting out code
  • Soft tabs option
  • Abbreviations
  • Folding, with two fold modes: indent-based, and explicit (where the buffer is parsed for "{{{" and "}}}")

Search and Replace

  • Both literal and regular expression search and replace supported
  • Multiple file search and replace; search in either the current file, all open files, or all files in a directory
  • "HyperSearch" option to show all found matches in a list
  • Reverse search supported
  • Incremental search supported
  • Option to replace occurrences of a regular expression with the return value of a BeanShell script. As far as I know, no other text editor offers comparable functionality!

File Management

  • Any number of files can be opened at once
  • Supports over 160 character encodings including UTF8 and UTF16
  • Automatic detection of several character encodings
  • Automatic compression and decompression of GZipped (.gz) files
  • Any character encoding supported by Java can be used to load and save files
  • Multi-threaded I/O system supports pluggable "virtual file systems" for listing directories and loading files:
    • FTP plugin adds support for loading and saving files on FTP servers
    • Archive plugin adds read-only support for loading files from ZIP and TAR archives
  • Custom file system browser component used in open and save dialog boxes
  • Powerful keyboard navigation in the file system browser
  • Files can be deleted and renamed, and new directories can be created from the file system browser


  • Syntax highlighting modes are defined in XML files and new ones are very easy to write
  • Many editor settings can be set on a global, per-mode, or per-file basis
  • Fully customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Fully customizable tool bar and right-click context menu
  • Macros to automate complex editing tasks can be written in the BeanShell scripting language
  • Macros can be recorded from user actions


  • Plugins can turn jEdit into a very advanced XML/HTML editor, or a full-fledged IDE, with compiler, code completion, context-sensitive help, debugging, visual diff, and many language-specific tools tightly integrated with the editor.
  • More than 200 plugins are already available that add a variety of features to jEdit.
  • The "Plugin manager" feature downloads and installs plugins (and updates) from within jEdit automatically.
  • Plugin windows can either be shown as separate, top-level frames, or as "docked windows" inside the jEdit editor window
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