Running on Linux

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Did you realize that your favorite text editor runs on Linux? Well, now you know, so if you've been thinking about making the switch, you're out of excuses.

To get EditPlus working under Linux, you need to install the popular Wine software. Download the EditPlus Windows installer. Then, in a terminal window, browse to the directory where the EditPlus file was downloaded. Invoke this command:

wine ./epp212_en.exe

It will automatically start the installation process, and once it's installed, you need to find where it installed to (somewhere like ~/.wine/fake_windows/Program Files/EditPlus 2/editplus.exe). Go to the directory where editplus.exe was installed (again, in a terminal window) and invoke this command:

wine ./editplus.exe

It should start up for you and you should be good to go! Enjoy!

Post-Install Tips


If your Wine apps are using the ugly font that it picks by default, install Microsoft Tahoma font. It can be downloaded Here [1]

Simply run:

wine ./tahoma32.exe

Simply follow the prompts.

Fonts (the Debian way)

If you have Debian or a Debian-based distro (such as Ubuntu), you should be able to download and install this font (and other TrueType fonts) through "apt-get":

apt-get install msttcorefonts

Or, if not available in your current repository, you can download the debian package from [2] and then install it with:

dpkg -i msttcorefonts_1.2_all.deb

Fonts (the Gentoo way)

If you are running Gentoo Linux, you can simply install Windows fonts through a package in portage, called corefonts:

emerge -av corefonts

Known Bugs

  • Internet Explorer within Editplus does not work.
  • Tools>Preferences does not seem to work in some versions of Wine, and in fact, may cause it to freeze. If this is the case in your version and you need to edit your preferences, you might try:
    1. upgrading your version of Wine.
    2. access the Preferences dialog through Project>Manage Project>Edit Project.
    3. hand edit the configuration files located in the installation directory (and have a good laugh at the serious misspellings in some of those files). Installation files are usually located in a path like "~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EditPlus 2/".
  • If you happen to be using Synergy at the same time that you're running EditPlus through Wine, and you copy something on a connected Windows box and bring the mouse focus back to Linux, then move the mouse over an open document in EditPlus, EditPlus will crash. It is probably extremely unlikely that you would happen to be running this specific system setup, so this bug will probably not apply to you. Copying and pasting between EditPlus and native Linux programs on the same machine does not appear to be an issue.
  • Ctrl S for Save may switch between two open Wine apps with some wine configurations. To workaround this, you can:
    1. change the Editplus hot key for Save one of two methods:
      1. use the Preferences dialog to change the key binding
      2. edit the Editplus configuration file default.key in the installation directory.
    2. change the wine hot key (tutorial coming soon)
  • Argh! SFTP with the latest release does not appear to work with Wine. Please update this if you figure out how to do it.
  • Saving larger files over ftp might result in the ftp dialog hanging at 100% with some configurations. The newer wine releases still give you a chance to push the cancel button which after some time will give you a message "cancelled by user" whereas with earlier version all you could do is terminate Editplus.