How to Install Geany IDE on Linux

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Geany IDE

Geany is cross-platform, feature-rich, full–blown integrated development environment (IDE), that you can get on Linux. Among others, one good reason i love geany IDE is because of its automatic compiler recognition; once a compliler of any programming language is installed on yopur PC you dont need any further configuration to start using the IDE to write programs. Geany locates the compiler in the system automatically for you. so if you need a very light-weight IDE for most of your programming (especially languages where you need to compile source code), i would highly recommend geany.

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Geany Light Theme

Other reasons you should try geany include , but not limited to, the following; 

  • It is lightweight. This is very important as it does not require heavy system resources (like memory). And it loads super fast. Only necessary plugins are packaged with it , even though more plugins can  be downloaded for extended functionalities.
  • It can used for simple text editing and, and as a result of a large number of supported files can be used for any programming purpose as a capable IDE.
  • Geany saves and refreshes sessions automatically. You can continue from whee you stopped working after a close.
  • Popularity. It is commonly found in the software repository of different Linux distributions (distros).
  • It is “free”. Both as in freedom (you can share modify and share it) and as in “free beer” you can download and install for free.
  • It supports many popular programming languages like JAVA, Python,  Go, JavaScript, C/C++, Lisp, Pascal, Fortran,  and so many more.
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Geany Dark Theme.

INSTALLATION

Geany is available in the software center and package archives of many Linux ditros. Simply search for “geany” and install with a click.

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Geany Installation.

Using the command line

You can install geany in the different Linux distros using the following command combinations;

Debian/Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install geany

To get the newer versions of geany you can use the command;

Add the PPA to your system

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geany-dev/ppa

Update system Software archives;

sudo apt-get update

Before installing;

sudo apt-get install geany

Fedora Linux

yum install geany

Arch Linux

pacman -S geany
 

USING SOFTWARE CENTER

You can also use the software center of your particular Linux distro to install geany; simply enter the name – geany – into the search box and hit enter. From there you can install geany with a one simple click.

You can start using one of the best IDEs on Linux right away.

Happy Linux’NG!

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