Original author(s) Enrico Tröger
Developer(s) Geany authors
Initial release October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19)
Stable release
1.33 / February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25)
Written in C, C++[1]
Operating system Linux
Size 14 MB (Windows)
Type IDE
License GNU GPL v2 or later[2]

Geany (IPA:ʒeːniː) is a lightweight GUI text editor[3] 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,[4] Solaris and Windows. Because Windows lacks a virtual terminal equivalent, 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[2] 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.[7]


See also


  1. "geany/geany: A fast and lightweight IDE". GitHub. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  2. 1 2 "GNU General Public License : Version 2, June 1991". Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  3. "Fast, powerful Geany editor offers IDE features". Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  4. "". Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  5. "". Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  6. "Geany : All Filetypes". Geany. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  7. "Geany news archive". Many users told us our version numbers didn't reflect the maturity of Geany to their eyes, and wished it to be changed to reflect that. So after some discussion we decided to rename this version 1.22 instead of 0.22.
  8. "Freelancer's Playground! | Using Geany's VTE". 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

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