10 Best Opensource Code Editors For Programming


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It is observed that some people ( who are new to programming) have a misconception between a Code Editor and an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). 

A code editor is basically a text editor which is specially design to edit programming source codes. Some code editors provides some extra functionality like debugging , compilations , language extensions , code auto completion , themes etc. In this way it can be use to edit any programming language source code. It is a part of an IDE.

In other hand, An IDE is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of at least a source code editor, build automation tools and a debugger.

In this post we will see 10 best opensource code editor which is used by programmers all over the world. For more details please visit their official sites accordingly.

VIM : Vim (Vi IMproved) is  a terminal base text/code  editor . It is an  advance version of Vi text editor. It is a highly configurable text editor built to make creating and changing any kind of text very efficient. It is included as "vi" with most UNIX systems and with Apple OS X. Vim is one of the oldest text editor written in C language  and it support hundreds of programming language .  


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Atom: Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor for macOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies. Its is called as "A hackable text editor for the 21st Century".

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GNU Emacs : Its a father of all today's world text editors as it is developed in 1976 ( still active) and written in C and Lisp language. GNU Emacs, describes it as "the extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor". It is available for almost every popular platform including Windows, BSD, GNU/Linux , MacOS. It includes almost 10000 commands in it.
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Notepadqq : As we know Notepad++ is one of the most  popular and used text/code editor. but one of the major drawback that it is not available for GNU/Linux or Unix OS. So developer community arround the world develop the mirror application of this known as Notepadqq which is available for GNU/Linux OS.

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VS Code Editor : One of the most loved code editor by developers. It has an opensource version too. It provides extensions for most popular programming language to edit , debug and connect with other specific services so that it wont slow down the editor. It comes with beautiful UI and themes support. Even you can compile and debug the source code. It is available for Windows, Linux and  MacOS as well.

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Sublime Editor : Yet it is not a free and opensource code editor but it provide a rich interface and great features to editor the code . It is written in python and C++ language and have proprietary license. A single purchase for individual user costs 80$ (as I am writing this post). It is available for Windows , Linux and MacOS as well. You can use it on Linux even after the trial expires.

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Neovim : An upgraded version of traditional vim editor. Its not the rewritten or developed from scratched , rather then it inherit the existed VIM's code and add some extensibility , usability. Extension are available for many programming languages. Neovim can be integrated via plugins with many code editors/IDE.  It is improved , fast , stable and much lighter than the original VIM editor. 

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Adobe Brackets : Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that's built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.. It is inline editor which gives you a real time preview to make changes accordingly. It also provided preprocessor  support. It is available for Windows, Linux, MacOS.

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Kate Editor : The KDE Advanced Text Editor, or Kate, is a source code editor developed by the KDE free software community. It has been a part of KDE Software Compilation since version 2.2, which was first released in 2001. Intended for software developers, it features syntax highlighting, code folding, customizable layouts, regular expression support, and extensibility.It is written in C++ .

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Acode Code: It is an opensource Android based code editor. It is light weight yet powerful code editor and web IDE for android. You can use this editor for editing HTML, JavaScript, text. or edit any other programming source file like, python, CSS, html, java, JavaScript, Dart etc.(but don't run or compile).

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So these are 10 best opensource code editor tools for Linux. Which one you like the most and why? Please comment below. In next post, we will see some most popular opensource IDE for Linux system. 

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