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Text editors that can be used in a command line interface environment.
nano - small, friendly text editor inspired by Pico
vim - A full-featured extensible editor with syntax highlighting
emacs - the extensible self-documenting text editor( high learning curve)
mc - Midnight Commander provides an internal text editor (mc -e,mcedit)
jed - editor for programmers (textmode version)
ne - easy-to-use and powerful text editor
dte - small and easy to use console text editor
micro - easy and mouse-friendly console text editor
neovim - A full-featured extensible editor with syntax highlighting (Vim-clone with new features)
e3 - very small text editor supporting many key bindings (Emacs, Vi, Pico, Nedit, Wordstar)
Text editors that can be used in a graphical environment.
gedit - Default text editor of Gnome desktop environment. Aiming at simplicity by default, can be configured as full fledged integrated development environment through various plugins provided by gedit-plugins package.
geany - Advanced text editor with basic features of integrated development environment and has only few dependencies on other packages.
pyroom - Full screen text editor for distraction free writing, with configurable colour-schemes and keybindings.
scite - A GTK+ based programmers editor, uses Scintilla editing component.
kate - Acronym for KDE Advanced Text Editor, can be turned to full featured integrated development environment, providing extendable (via XML) syntax highlighting, session management and other features.
jedit - very powerful/flexible (like emacs) and also easy to use (like notepad). Has many plugins for specialized needs.
How to set a default text editor
See also: DesktopDefaultSettings
You can set a text editor as default with the update-alternatives command:
update-alternatives --set editor /path/to/the/chosen/editor
update-alternatives --config editor
and to see the list of possible paths:
update-alternatives --list editor
Then, just use the editor command instead of vim, emacs or nano for example.
You have to set the environment variable "$EDITOR".
E.g.: to use Emacs as default text editor, just add in your ~/.profile file: