December 22, 2013 · bluefish cream css cssed gedit html jedit quanta SciTE server vim

Css Editor

There are many good CSS editors for Linux.

Basically, all you really need is a text editor that will perform syntax highlighting on CSS files. Some of the programs below are just simple text editors, while some offer additional features. Here're some I've tested and used in the past.

Vim/Cream | cssed | gedit | jEdit | Bluefish

1. Vim / Cream

The old good Vim is a perfect tool for any kind of coding, to be honest. And if you are a command line zealot, there's no better tool. However, there's a GUI version of Vim - Cream. I highly recommend Cream if you are looking for a simple text editor, or want to learn Vim the easy way.


You can easily install Cream, it's already there in the repositories. Just:

sudo apt-get install cream

or if you prefer the more playful Linux distro:

sudo pacman -S cream

To install the graphical version of Vim (Gvim), type

sudo apt-get install vim-gnome

If you are using Vim in a terminal and want to switch to Gvim just go into normal mode (i.e., ESC, Ctrl-c, or Ctrl-[) and type


Gvim will launch and the terminal will pass the file to Gvim.

2. cssed

cssed is a GTK-based CSS editor. It has many CSS-specific features, including color picker, and CSS helpers. Definitely worth experimenting with.


3. gedit as a CSS Editor

gedit "” the default text editor for GNOME "” works well as a simple CSS editor. It lacks a color picker tool though.


4. jEdit as a CSS Editor

jEdit is a great editor that is written in Java, but I've stopped using it because it runs a little too slow on my computer. Before you decide to try out jEdit, make sure that you have Sun's version of Java installed on your computer.


5. Bluefish as a CSS Editor {bluefish}

Bluefish is a powerful text editor that you can use to edit CSS files on Linux. One great feature of Bluefish is the CSS reference that is included.


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