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About QuiEdit

QuiEdit is a distraction-free, full-screen text editor (a quiet editor). I initially wrote it for personal use, to write blog posts and such. It supports theming, basic text formatting, Markdown syntax, and spell checking.

QuiEdit is freely available under the GNU General Public License v3

Download and installation

The current version is 0.23. For older versions, see here.

To install QuiEdit from the repository on Ubuntu/ Linux Mint, type the following commands in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:smathot/cogscinl
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install quiedit

In other Linux distributions, you can download the latest source code, extract it to a location of your choice and type the following commands in a terminal:

cd [location where you extracted the source]
sudo python install

Spell checking

For spell checking, QuiEdit uses Hunspell, the same engine that is used by OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Thunderbird and Firefox. Installing PyHunspell (the Python bindings for hunspell) under Linux is fairly simple. Under Ubuntu you can do this with the following commands (or install from the PPA if available for your distribution):

sudo apt-get install python-dev libhunspell-dev
wget -O pyhunspell.tar.gz
tar -xvf pyhunspell.tar.gz
cd smathot-pyhunspell-*
sudo python install

Unfortunately I haven't been able to get PyHunspell working under Windows.

File formats and Markdown syntax

QuiEdit saves files in .html format or in plain text, as .txt, .md, or .markdown files (which differ only in extension). If you use .html, you can format your text as you are probably used to, by pressing control+i for italics etc. If you use plain text, you can add formatting using Markdown syntax, which offers more precise control. You can preview your Markdown document by pressing control+shift+m, and export the Markdown source to HTML by pressing (by default) control+shift+e. QuiEdit uses python-markdown to perform the parsing.

Themes and keybindings

Examples of theme files and the file keybinding.conf can be found in the QuiEdit resources folder. They should be fairly self-explanatory. You can select a theme using the preferences Window (by default control+shift+p).

On Windows, resources are located in the resources subfolder of the QuiEdit folder:

[path to quiedit]\resources

On Linux, resources are in one of the following folders



You can get help by pressing control+h (by default).

Feel free to leave a comment! For lengthy discussions and technical questions/ remarks, please refer to the forum.