Java Runtime version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or later is required for jEdit 4.4 and later.
Java Runtime version 1.7 (aka Java 7) or later is required for jEdit 5.2 and later.
Before installing jEdit, make sure you have a compatible Java virtual machine; see the compatibility page for details.
Option 1 - manual download and install on any OS
Note: the above links are not to the files themselves, but rather
to pages where you can select a download mirror. Do not use your
browser's "Download Link" command on the above links.
Installation instructions are available for the following operating systems:
Using the Java-based installer
To find out which Java virtual machine is best for running jEdit on OS/2,
see the compatibility page.
To install jEdit, open a command prompt and
enter the following commands:
cd directory where you downloaded the JAR file
java -jar filename.jar
For example, if you downloaded
you would enter:
java -jar jedit40install.jar
If for whatever reason
you want to start the installer in text-only mode, specify
text as the last parameter on the command line. In text only mode,
the installer will not display it's GUI, and instead it will ask
questions from the command prompt.
To start jEdit, run the
jedit.cmd script, which will be
installed in the same directory as jEdit.
Option 2 - easy install on some flavors of *nix
FreeBSD users can find install jEdit from the ports collection by running:
users can install jEdit from the portage tree by running
- To install jEdit via Debian Linux
apt-get (this is also for any Debian based Distros like Ubuntu),
add the following line to your
deb http://<mirror>.dl.sourceforge.net/project/jedit /
deb http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/project/jedit /
Then, just run
apt-get update, followed by
apt-get install jedit.
The repository is now also secured and signed. To verify the packages
you have to install the public key with which the repository is signed.
This can be done by invoking
apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E6A233DBE3AFBEFC
If you prefer manual installation of .deb files you can also download the
If you use apt4rpm, urpmi, or a similar tool with an RPM-based Linux
you can automatically stay up to date with the latest version of jEdit
using the JPackage RPM repository.
If you encounter a problem while installing jEdit, take a look at
the Frequently Asked Questions. If that
doesn't help with your problem, post to the