Best IDEs For Linux in 2019

Insight: Best IDEs for Linux in 2019

This is the list of some of the useful and best IDEs for Linux based programmers or editors. 

Collection Of Best IDEs For Linux

1) Atom

Atom is a popular IDE for Linux. Atom is  developed by Github using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration. It is sleek user interface. Atom comes pre-installed with four UI and eight syntax themes .

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Features of Atom:

  1. Cross-platform editing
  2. Built-in package manager
  3. File system browser
  4. Multiple panes
  5. Smart auto-completion


Download ATOM


2) Brackets

Brackets is another popular open source IDE for Linux, developed by Adobe.  It built on HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

How to install Brackets on Ubuntu.

For Ubuntu:

Install brackets in Ubuntu using snap:

sudo snap install brackets

For other Linux distributions:

Download Brackets

3) Light Table

Despite of being not so common name in IDEs segment, Light Table is feature rich open source IDE. Light Table has a powerful plugin system with over 100+ plugins.

Download Light Table


4) Bluefish

Bluefish is a cross platform IDE which is available on Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS-X, Windows, OpenBSD and Solaris.

Some of the features:


  • Lightweight – Bluefish tries to be lean and clean, as far as possible given it is a GUI editor.
  • Fast – Bluefish starts really quick (even on a netbook) and loads hundreds of files within seconds.
  • Multiple document interface, easily opens 500+ documents (tested >10000 documents simultaneously)
  • Project support, enables you to work efficiently on multiple projects, and automatically restores settings for each project.
  • Multi-threaded support for remote files using gvfs, supporting FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV, CIFS and more
  • Very powerful search and replace, with support for Perl Compatible regular expressions, sub-pattern replacing, and search and replace in files on disk.
  • Open files recursively based on filename patterns and/or content patterns
  • Snippets sidebar – specify custom dialogs, search and replace patterns or insert patterns and bind them to a shortkut key combination of your liking to speed up your development process
  • Integrate external programs such as make, lint, weblint, xmllint, tidy, javac, or your own program or script to handle advanced text processing or error detection
  • Integrate external filters of your liking, pipe your document (or just the current selected text) through sort, sed, awk or any custom script
  • Unlimited undo/redo functionality
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Install Bluefish on Ubuntu using PPA


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:klaus-vormweg/bluefish

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install bluefish


Download Bluefish


5) Sublime

Sublime is a popular cross-platform text editor these days. It might sound strange that how text editor can do the work of IDE but due to the availability of amazing extensions ( plugins), it can do amazing jobs like modern IDE.

Install Sublime Text

Install Sublime Text

Install Sublime Text Editor In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Run the following command to install GPG key:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

and run this command to make sure that it works with https source.

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

To install Stable version run the following command

echo "deb apt/stable/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list
To install Dev version:
echo "deb apt/dev/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list

Now, install Sublime text editor:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sublime-text

6) CodeLite

CodeLite is an open source, free, cross platform IDE & is mostly used for C, C++, PHP and JavaScript (Node.js) programming languages.

Some of the features of CodeLite are:


  • Generic support for compilers. It has built-in support for GCC/clang/VC++
  • Breakpoint management – disable, enable, conditional, temporary
  • CodeLite has its own RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool for building wxWidgets-based applications – wxCrafter
  • You can now build and debug applications with CodeLite using XDebug
  • Display errors as code annotations or as tooltip in the editor window
  • Generic support for compilers with built-in support for GCC/clang/VC++


Download CodeLite

Some of the other useful IDEs are:

1. Visual Studio

2. Eclipse

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3. JetBrains Tool