jEdit 5.6.0

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jEdit is a free, simple and multifunctional text editor for programmers. jEdit is written in Java programming language and is distributed under the GPL license. The editor is supported by the big community of developers that live across the world.

The main goal of the software is to make code writing and editing easy. For this purpose, the program offers you an option to view several documents at once (“split”), different languages syntax highlighting, string numbering, folding and search for opening and closing tags concordance. Besides that, jEdit supports Unicode symbols conversion in the UTF-8 format that gained wide popularity in the web development.

The program includes an advanced system of hot keys assigning for almost any built-in operations. The functionality itself can be widened by additional plugins set up.

The interface has several design themes. The main window consists of the toolbox, quick access icons and working area for code editing. Additionally, the editor has a powerful file explorer that can sort and filter documents with the help of regular expressions.

jEdit supports many specialized file formats that were coded in C/C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and even VHDL. Code highlighting works during cooperation with the newest technologies as well, such as JSON objects and various JavaScript modifications and dialects.


  • Free of charge.
  • Wide choice of available plugins.
  • Supports more than a hundred file formats in different programming languages.
  • Unlimited undo changes.
  • Unlimited number of clipboards (registers).
  • Project files backup.
  • Hot keys assigning.
  • Simultaneous documents view.
  • Syntax highlighting.
  • Supports the function of folding.
  • Flexible adjustment of fonts, indentations and tabulation.
  • Search and highlighting of closing brackets.
  • “Find and replace” option.
  • Supports a huge number of charsets including UTF-8.
  • Built-in file browser that can filter and sort.
  • Parameters can be set up for global use as well as for current session (open project, file).
  • Several design themes.


  • No integration with GitHub, GitLab and other similar services.
  • No functions of code completion and predictive input “from the box”.


For the program to work properly, your computer must have the newest Java tools version - JDK.


The program combines high functionality, user-friendly interface and simplicity, has no limitations, ads and is distributed for free that make it a useful tool on every developer’s desktop.

Changes in recent version

Author: The jEdit Team
Price: Free
Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10

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