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GEDIT(1) General Commands Manual GEDIT(1)


gedit - a general-purpose text editor


gedit [OPTION...] [FILE...] [+LINE[:COLUMN]]
gedit [OPTION...] -


gedit is an easy-to-use and general-purpose text editor. Its development started in 1998, at the beginnings of the GNOME project, with a good integration with that desktop environment.

You can use it to write simple notes and documents, or you can enable more advanced features that are useful for software development.


Set the character encoding to be used for opening the files listed on the command line.
Display list of possible values for the encoding option and exit.
Create a new toplevel window in an existing instance of gedit.
Create a new document in an existing instance of gedit.
Run gedit in standalone mode.
Open files and block the gedit process.
Prints the command line options.
Output version information and exit.
Specifies the file to open when gedit starts. If this is not specified, gedit will load a blank file with an "Unsaved Document" label. Multiple files can be loaded if they are separated by spaces. gedit also supports handling of remote files. For example, you can pass the location of a webpage to gedit , like "", or load a file from a FTP server, like "".
gedit will read from stdin
For the first file, go to the line specified by LINE (do not insert a space between the "+" sign and the number). If LINE is missing, go to the last line.
For the first file, go to the column specified by COLUMN. If COLUMN is missing, go to the first column.


If you find a bug, please report it at the GNOME bug tracker. See:


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17 July 2022