Bluefish Text Editor: For Web Designers and Programmers

Bluefish Editor  is an open-source text editor for web designers and programmers, supporting many programming and markup languages, but focusing on creating dynamic and interactive websites. The latest release was on February 12 is Bluefish 2.2.4.

Operating System Support

It is also a  multi-platform application that runs on other desktop operating systems including Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS-X, Windows, OpenBSD and Solaris.


Bluefish Editor has a lot of awesome features. Some of them are:

– Lightweight

– Fast

– search and replace

– Snippets sidebar

– Unlimited undo/redo functionality

– In-line spell checker

– Auto-recovery of changes

– Full screen editing

– Code block folding

– Highlighting matching block start and end markers (both brackets and tags)

– Auto-completion, etc.

Language Support

Ada, ASP .NET and VBS, C/C++, CSS, HTML, XHTML and HTML5, Java and JSP, JavaScript and jQuery, Lua, ,Pascal, Perl, PHP, etc

More about Bluefish’s current and future features here

One good thing I like about Bluefish Editor is you can insert commonly used tags just by the click of a mouse button.

Installing Bluefish Editor in Ubuntu 13.04

$ sudo apt-get install bluefish

Installing Bluefish Editor in Fedora

# yum install bluefish

Compiling from Source Code

You can also download and compile the source code from here. Don’t know how to compile software form source code? Learn how to compile and install a software from source code here.

Installing Bluefish Editor in other Linux distros

For installing in other distros, visit Bluefish official download website.

Launching Bluefish

$ bluefish

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