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Installing jEdit

If you don't have a java runtime installed, start with Installing Java.

You can download jEdit at regardless of your OS, but for some systems there are even easier ways to get jEdit. If you want to play it safe and have the most stable version, get 5.2.0. If you're willing to risk a few glitches to have the latest features, get 5.3pre1. If you're totally obsessed, see Building From Source.


Download a jEdit install jar. If double clicking on the jar does not start the installer, follow these steps:
  1. Open 'My Computer' and go to Tools->Folder Options
  2. go to the 'File Types' tab
  3. Create or modify the entry for 'JAR' files to open with the javaw program in your $JAVA_HOME/bin directory
  4. you should now be able to double click the install jar to install jEdit.

Mac classic

Mac support for java stopped with jdk 1.1.x, but current versions of jEdit only work with java 1.3.x and java 1.4.x. However, if you've just got to have jEdit on your old mac, you can use jEdit 3.2.2 which works with java 1.1.x.

Mac OS X


add these lines to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb ./
deb-src ./
then apt-get update followed by apt-get install jedit

Free BSD

jEdit is in the Ports tree under: /usr/ports/editors/jedit

The current development version of jEdit is in the Ports tree under: /usr/ports/editors/jedit-devel

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