Leafpad - a minimal GTK text editor

Simplicity is a wonderful thing sometimes. Leafpad is designed to be just that, simple. It is designed as a plain text editor.

The interface is also very basic, and I must say, somewhat reminiscent of Notepad on Windows.

Leafpad interface screenshot

It certainly doesn't get in your way - there isn't even a toolbar, as the number of options on the menus is small enough that you don't really need one. It does feature full undo and redo support, a very basic find and replace feature and word wrap, line numbers and an auto-indenting option.

It's actually quite difficult to say a lot more about this application, other than it really does feel... like a Notepad clone. No disrespect to it - I can certainly see there are some use cases where you might prefer something without loads of features - for example on low-spec systems, or when you don't want this and that feature interrupting your work.

Other than that though, it's quite hard for me to see where it would fit in and provide a significant advantage over a standard text editor like Gedit.

It does what it does well, and succeeds at being über minimalistic, but unless you find cutting your memory usage and feature sets particularly exciting, it could be a stretch to actually use it instead of something else.

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  1. Binny V A (guest)

    # Posted on 11 March 2008 at 06:32 PM

    Another similar editor is <a href="http://scribes.sourceforge.net/" rel="nofollow">Scribes</a>.

    It has a some more feature - but its very simple in design.

  2. Thomas (guest)

    # Posted on 11 March 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Leafpad doesn't print. Mousepad was created as a version of Leafpad that can print. You should use Mousepad. It's also Xfce's editor, so you can expect it to be maintained (as if that's necessary).

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  4. BobCFC (guest)

    # Posted on 17 March 2008 at 08:49 AM

    I've been using Leafpad because of the instant launch times.

    Even on a fast Core2Duo with 8gb ram there is a millisecond delay with gedit that drives me nuts.

    Hell sometimes I even use elinks or links2 in a terminal because of the instant response to back and forward. All these dynamic websites that insist on reloading it feels slower than the dialup days sometimes.

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