You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page.
Favourite Linux IDE?
Page: «2/9»
  Go to:
BlackBloodRum 23 Nov, 2016
WARNING: Long post ahead!

It's interesting to see people actually use ATOM on Linux. I've heard about it as I had a Mac user trying to convince me to use it a while back (face to face convince attempts none the less!).

Regarding Geany and project management, in general it is able to do this quite well in my experience. You can open multiple instances of Geany at any given time and thus have multiple projects open and you can use the "Projects > Recent Projects" to quickly switch between projects.

In addition Geany will automatically load up your last used/edited project when you open it (at least it does for me!)

If like me you also use a private git repository you can also configure the Geany git-changelog plugin which will highlight changed, removed or added lines which can be super helpful when editing files (That: Did I change this line? moment).

Now, for uploading to test servers or live servers there is indeed no plugin for this. But you can cheat ;).

You can have a "terminal" open inside geany, and you can have it displayed right below your editor, and this basically means you have a fully fledged terminal inside your IDE for running scripts or otherwise, personally I use the terminal to run a lua script which is able to perform several tasks for me including uploading the files to a remote server.

Here's a screenshot of my IDE setup with a mini-php file and in the test file you can see the mini-app I have running in terminal and the git change bar highlighting an added line and a changed line :).

(My mini-app uses SSH to upload files using SSH keys.)

One thing I will say though: Keep a proper file manager like pcmanfm handy when using geany, sometimes geany can be a bit lacking when it comes to filesystem management, it does have the basics though but sometimes I feel I need more.

Also another negative compared to Eclipse which I used to use is lack of a proper git plugin, I mean the current plugin works for displaying changes and that works great, but it cannot be used to view the git tree, make new commits etc. You'll have to use git manually for all of that.. or an external application like "Git Cola" if you can't use the cli version.

All of this of course is subjective to a users actual needs but this is more detail on why I prefer geany as it quite literally does all I need it to do when dealing with my php, html, css, js, lua, python scripts :-).
crt0mega 23 Nov, 2016
Geany at home, SharpDevelop at work.
Luke_Nukem 24 Nov, 2016
I keep swinging between IDE depending on the task requirements.

* Eclipse for Java
* ViM for Rust or C/C++
* Atom for Rust and C/C++
* Gnome Builder (or Gedit) for Rust and C/C++

Depends on my mood. Sometimes I find ViM to be a hell of a lot faster for editing. But if I need a good overview of a project it's not very suitable, that's when I start using Atom or Gnome Builder.

Atom with a ViM style plugin is good too. Actually, any editor that supports a proper GUI and ViM mode is good in my books.

Used to use Komodo IDE for Python, PHP, basically any web stuff. It's a nice IDE, but I no-longer do web related stuff. And I've pretty much junked Python and write any quick script stuff in Rust now.
Adinimys 24 Nov, 2016
Mostly vim and sometimes Code::Blocks when for some reason I'm trying to solve a bug and need to look at it from a different angle (I still need to learn tools to efficently debug in vim)
Colombo 25 Nov, 2016
I am no programmer, just poor science student that write some code for simulation and/or data manipulation and analysis. I have strong preferences for clean IDEs, basically if it runs up fast and does not have TON of buttons, features that are quite cryptic to me... and forcing some stuff on my, like coding style (I prefer banner style, Eclipse can't even know it). So I found Eclipse to be utterly horrible (I was forced into a bit of Java). So for my usual needs, I am using Gedit. And since I am usually working with interpreted stuff, I am using interactive console to look up commands and their behaviour, this is however impossible to do with C++ and so, so there IDE really helps. Can you suggest me lightweight IDE that has that whispering and documentation? (and autocompletion)?
nate 25 Nov, 2016
I only made the switch to Linux back in September. But I've been using Atom ever since for all my JavaScript and PHP projects. Back on Windows XP I always used Notepad++, but there does not seem to be a native Linux version of it. And Notepad++ lags a lot for me using Wine. Atom is great though. It even has a nice TypeScript plugin, which is quite handy when working with Angular2.
Luke_Nukem 25 Nov, 2016
Quoting: ColomboCan you suggest me lightweight IDE that has that whispering and documentation? (and autocompletion)?

You might like Komodo Edit? (Komodo IDE is the paid version, cheap and damn good). Gnome Builder is another, but may not be suitable, it's more specialised towards Gnome.
Ben D 25 Nov, 2016
Quoting: ColomboCan you suggest me lightweight IDE that has that whispering and documentation? (and autocompletion)?
Atom ( is very clean and lightweight, and supports quite a lot of features through extensions.
Mashard4 30 Nov, 2016
Sublime Text 3 works great for me.
wojtek88 30 Nov, 2016
I use IntelliJ IDEA for all my Java work and I wouldn't change it for any other IDE.
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Reward Tiers: Patreon. Plain Donations: PayPal.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone with no article paywalls. We also don't have tons of adverts, there's also no tracking and we respect your privacy. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register

Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.