Original author(s)Enrico Tröger
Developer(s)Geany authors
Initial releaseOctober 19, 2005; 18 years ago (2005-10-19)
Stable release
2.0.0 Edit this on Wikidata / 19 October 2023 (19 October 2023)
Written inC, C++
Operating systemLinux
Size14 MB (Windows)
Customized Geany IDE

Geany (IPA:dʒiːni JEE-NEE) is a free and open-source lightweight GUI text editor using Scintilla and GTK, including basic IDE features. It is designed to have short load times, with limited dependency on separate packages or external libraries on Linux. It has been ported to a wide range of operating systems, such as BSD, Linux, macOS, Solaris and Windows. The Windows port lacks an embedded terminal window; also missing from the Windows version are the external development tools present under Unix, unless installed separately by the user. Among the supported programming languages and markup languages are C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, LaTeX, CSS, Python, Perl, Ruby, Pascal, Haskell, Erlang, Vala and many others.

In contrast to traditional Unix-based editors like Emacs or Vim, Geany more closely resembles programming editors common on Microsoft Windows such as Notepad++, which also uses Scintilla.

It is free software licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL version 2 or later. In 2012, the version number was increased to 1.22 from 0.21 to reflect the maturity of the product, as requested by many users. Geany Version 1.29 is based by GTK+ 3.22. Version 1.36 is based by GTK+ 3.24.14. Version 1.37.1 is last Version with GTK+ 2.24 support.


Example C++ program (with output) in Geany
  • Auto-completion
  • Bookmarks (called markers)
  • Multiple document support
  • Simple project management
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code folding (partially)
  • Symbol lists
  • Code navigation
  • Embedded terminal emulator
  • Build system to compile and execute code using external tools
  • Extensible via plugins
  • Column / block / vertical select (via Shift + Ctrl + arrow keys)
  • User configurable keyboard action to editor function mapping


In 2018, Geany entered the top 10 integrated development environments for Python in The Indian Wire. In 2021, Geany was named as one of the 12 best Linux text editors in Fossbytes.

See also

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