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Kate – free and open source, multiplatform and advanced text editor for KDE


  • Tab support;
  • You can split the window horizontally and vertically to view and edit multiple documents at the same time;
  • Session management;
  • Support for multiple encodings (utf-8, utf-16, ascii etc.), scripts;
  • Powerful syntax highlighting and bracket matching;
  • Line ending support (Windows, Unix, Mac), including auto detection;
  • Spell check support;
  • Bookmarking system (also supported: breakpoints etc.);
  • Support: scroll bar marks, line modification indicators, line numbers, code folding;
  • Vi input mode;
  • Support for auto-completion of words;
  • CR, CRLF, LF newline support; Support for block selection mode and automatic indentation;
  • Wide protocol support (http, ftp, ssh, webdav etc.) using kioslaves;
  • Scriptable using JavaScript;
  • Plugin support: built-in terminal with SQL plugin, plugins, build, GDB plugin, replace in files, and more;
  • Preview and print support;
  • Regular expression based find and replace;
  • Infinite undo/redo support;
  • Backups on save;
  • Integrated command line;
  • Full-screen mode support;
  • Support for custom keyboard shortcuts.

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The software Kate is available for installation on Linux, Windows and macOS.

Installation methodOS
DebUbuntu* 16.04/18.04/19.04/20.04, Linux Mint 18/19, Debian
RPMopenSUSE, Rosa Linux, Mageia, ALT Linux, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and others
SnapUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux
FlatpakUbuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, CentOS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, elementary OS, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux

*Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Lubuntu (LXDE)

Install Software via Deb package

Install Software via RPM package

Install Software via Snap package

sudo snap install kate

Install Software via Flatpak package

flatpak install flathub org.kde.kate

Install Software via EXE package on Windows

Install Software via DMG package for macOS

Software Information

Language Interface:English, Russian, Deutsch, Spanish, French and others
Description version:17.12.3
Developer:Authors Kate
Programming language:C++, Qt
License:LGPL v2.1
Software website:kate-editor.org

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