NEdit is a standard GUI (Graphical User Interface) style text editor for programs and plain-text files. Users of Macintosh and MS Windows based text editors should find NEdit a familiar and comfortable environment. NEdit provides all of the standard menu, dialog, editing, and mouse support, as well as all of the standard shortcuts to which the users of modern GUI based environments are accustomed. For users of older style Unix editors, welcome to the world of mouse-based editing!

As one reviewer noted:

“People already exposed to modern GUIs when introduced to UNIX used to be (and still are) told to use vi or EMACS. If you complained that any product that requires you to invest hours of training just to edit text is a stinking abomination from the bottommost pits of hell and you can’t even figure out how to save your document without a manual, you were told that you were wrong, you just had to hit ctrl+alt+meta+escape + the phase of the moon and write a small lisp routine without visual feedback, and that this is in fact a much more powerful and more efficient way to do things, and that GUI editors are baby’s toys (since most of the ones on UNIX were).”

NEdit was for those who never capitulated to this attitude, and insisted on a proper gui-based editor that works the way they were used to on other systems, with a focus on ease of use and familiarity for new users, so you could be productive right away, without sacrificing power.”

Feature list

Efficient, proven command set

  • Very complete functionality. NEdit is the primary editor for thousands of Unix and VMS programmers
  • Thorough consistency with Motif, MS Windows, and Macintosh conventions
  • Designed for intensive use: keystroke efficiency, fast response time, streamlined interaction
  • Unlimited undo

100% GUI from the ground up

  • True multi-window, fully graphical design
  • Mouse-based editing
  • Secondary/quick action selections
  • Fully integrated rectangular selection
  • Interactive WYSIWYG dragable selections
  • Maximum compatibility with X, Motif, and inter-client protocols, for interaction with the widest possible range of X programs and systems

Easy to learn

  • Just point and type
  • Capabilities are clearly organized and presented in top-level menus
  • Comprehensive on-line help
  • No special knowledge of X Windows required, all important options are GUI-settable within the program

Features for programmers

  • State of the art syntax highlighting with built-in patterns for C, C++, Java, Ada, FORTRAN, Pascal, Yacc, Perl, Python, Tcl, Csh, Awk, HTML, LaTeX, VHDL, Verilog, and more
  • Auto-indent, programmable language-sensitive smart-indent
  • Block indentation adjustment
  • Parenthesis flashing and matching
  • Find lines directly from compiler error output
  • Tab emulation
  • Unix ctags support
  • Client/Server mode for integration with software development tools


  • Learn / Replay
  • Easy to use C-like macro language, safe and fully interruptable
  • Includes a library of over 150 built-in editing functions

Easy installation

  • Self contained single executable file
  • Pre-built, tested executables available for Silicon Graphics, Sun (Solaris & SunOS), HP, Digital Unix, Ultrix, IBM AIX, Linux, and VMS systems