How to Install Gedit Text Editor on Ubuntu?

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Gedit text editor on Ubuntu.

Gedit is a small and lightweight text editor that comes pre-installed with GNOME Desktop Environment.

As you know Ubuntu also ships with Gnome Desktop so Gedit will be installed by default. But if you are using another desktop environment and want Gedit as your text editor, then you have to install it manually.

Important: The latest stable version of Gedit is 3.38 as of writing this post. If you follow the installation steps mentioned in this post on Ubuntu 20.10 and above, then you will get the 3.38 version. For Ubuntu versions 20.04 and below you will get Gedit version 3.36.

I am installing Gedit on Ubuntu 20.04 in this post.

Features of Gedit

Here are some notable features of Gedit Text Editor.

  • Files are opened in tabs.
  • Full support for internationalized text (UTF-8).
  • Syntax highlighting for many languages (Python, Shell, C, C++, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and many more).
  • Customization of fonts and colors.
  • Print and print preview support.
  • Regex (Regular expressions) support for search and replace.
  • Integrated file browser
  • Spell-checking and word auto-completion.
  • Auto indentation
  • Text wrapping
  • Show Line numbers
  • Highlight current line and matching brackets
  • Remotely edit files.
  • Backup files

Apart from all these features Gedit also contains useful plugins and has a flexible plugin system to dynamically add new advanced features.


  • Ubuntu Installed and Running
  • Active Internet Connection to download Gedit
  • Sudo Privileges

How to Install Gedit on Ubuntu?

You can install Gedit on Ubuntu by two methods:

  • Graphically
  • Using terminal

First, let’s start with the graphical method.

Install Gedit on Ubuntu Graphically

Gedit is available in the Ubuntu software center.

1. Start the Ubuntu Software center.

2. Search for Gedit. You’ll see the “text editor” under search results.

Search for Gedit in Ubuntu Software Center
Search for Gedit in Ubuntu Software Center

3. Click on Install and provide authentication to install the “Text Editor”.

Click on Install to install Gedit
Click on Install to install Gedit

4. Once installation is finished, you’ll see the option to remove.

5. Start Gedit via the applications menu.

Start Gedit Graphically via Application menu
Start Gedit Graphically

Install Gedit on Ubuntu via Terminal

Gedit is available in the Ubuntu repository so you can install it easily using the apt command.

1. Before installing Gedit, it’s recommended to update the software repositories.

sudo apt update

2. Now, to install gedit on Ubuntu run:

sudo apt install gedit

3. Once installation is finished, you can start gedit using the command:

Gedit About info
Gedit About info

Using Gedit

Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to increase your workflow using Gedit.

Ctrl + FFind a String
Ctrl + G   Find the next instance of the string
Ctrl + Shift + GFind the previous instance of the string
Ctrl + I    Jump to a particular line
Ctrl + H  Find and Replace
Ctrl + N   Open a new file
Ctrl + T  Open a new tab
Alt + n  Jump tabs (for example, to jump to 4th tab use Alt + 4)
Ctrl + Shift + WClose all opened tabs
Ctrl + LConvert selected text to lower case
Ctrl + UConvert selected text to upper case
Shift + F7Check spellings

Apart from these shortcuts, you can use all the basic shortcuts like “Ctrl + c” to copy, “Ctrl + v” to paste etc. I only mentioned the most common shortcuts. If you want the complete list of shortcuts that you can use with Gedit, then go to Gnome Help for Gedit.


Installing Gedit on Ubuntu is easy, isn’t it?

Gedit is a great graphical text editor for beginners, but the true power of Linux lies in the terminal.

If you are planning to stick to Linux for a long time, then I recommend you to start using a command-line text editor. There are many great command-line text editors available for Linux.

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Rahul R Nair

Rahul is obsessed with technology and electronic devices. He is also the founder of TechSphinx. Being a technophile, he is always busy doing some techy stuff or learning about the latest technologies. When not busy with his usual routine (staring at the computer screen) he likes to write and share his knowledge with the world.
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