How to install SciTE on Ubuntu 20.04

SciTE is a SCIntilla-based text editor that was first created to demonstrate Scintilla but has since grown to be useful for developing and running programs that typically have simple configurations.

It features a simple, tabbed, code folding, GUI with syntax highlighting, support for bidirectional text, helper scripts, configurable keyboard shortcuts, etc. This application is available in 39 languages.

SciTE is a cross platform application. It’s free version is available for Linux-compatible systems with GTK+ and Microsoft Windows. For macOS, there is a commercial version of SciTE available from the Mac App Store.

This application is highly configurable. Although there is no graphical preferences window, settings can be altered by editing plain text configuration files.

It is possible to have different settings for each language and project, as well as global or per user options. There are menu options in the standard install to open these files in the editor.

Key Features of SciTE

  • Free for Microsoft Windows and Linux
  • Available in 39 Languages
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code folding
  • Can export plain text files in PDF format
  • Find in files
  • Copy formatted

Installing SciTE from Ubuntu apt repository

SciTE is included in Ubuntu 20.04. Follow the step by step guide to install the application.

Step #1

Type the following command to update the apt sources.

$ sudo apt update

Step #2

Now execute this command to install the SciTE package.

$ sudo apt install scite

With the help of && you can write both the commands in a single line. Something like this:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install scite

At this step, you have successfully installed SciTE on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “SciTE” and install the application.

Starting SciTE

SciTE can be launched from the command line by typing scite or In the Activities search bar type “SciTE” and click on the icon.

SciTE User Interface:

How to Uninstall SciTE from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall SciTE, type the following command.

$ sudo apt remove scite


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install SciTE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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