Gedit is my favorite text editor. I like that it is fast, reliable, cross platform, and has a ton of useful plugins and features. I am currently using it to work with LaTeX and unless I am working on a huge project, I will typically use gedit for all of my development work, specifically when it comes to web development. I use a lot of the plugins in gedit, but I have never used the External Tools plugin before. External tools is a very useful plugin because it allows you to do pretty much anything.
In the past, I would just save all of my document and find the file in Nautilus to launch it. The problem with this approach is that I have an obsessive need to organize all of my projects into obscure and seemingly endless file paths. This can make it pretty difficult to find the file that I am looking for.
The External Tools plugin solves all of these issues in a very elegant and simple way. So, without further ado, here is how you make a fake Web Development IDE in Gedit using External Tools.
- Enable External Tools: Edit –> Preferences –> Plugins
- Create a New External Tool: Tools -> Manage External Tools -> Hit the Plus sign
- Name the tool whatever you would like
- Assign it a shortcut key (optional)
- Set the following options on the bottom right
- ** Save: ** All Documents
- ** Input: ** Current Document
- ** Output: ** None
- ** Applicability: ** All Documents
- In the script editor, enter the following short script. This script will open the current document in your default web browser.
``` #!/bin/sh x-www-browser $GEDIT_CURRENT_DOCUMENT_PATH ```
- Close, and you are done!
You should now be able to use whichever shortcut you created to save all documents that you are working on, and open the current document in a web browser. This makes debugging much easier for web applications, and makes gedit a perfect lightweight web IDE.
If you have some handy tips and tricks for gedit custom tools, please share in the comments below!
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