Does anybody of a GUI FOSS text-editor which shows number of words by default in a document. If not the one in which having such a preference is the easiest. I am looking for a text-editor which counts words in real-time if possible.

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    In vim, g<Ctrl-G> gets you a word count. – Stéphane Chazelas Oct 20 '15 at 16:06
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    And in emacs it's M-= for the current region (so C-x h M-= for the whole file). I would think most text editors have this feature, is there some other requirement? – Michael Mrozek Oct 20 '15 at 16:12

geany will do this

Tools->Wordcount provides Line, Word & Character counts in a pop up diaglogue.

  • close but no dice, need something which does it in real-time and is not emacs or vim but proper GUI. If it's an add-on functionality that's ok/bearable. – shirish Oct 21 '15 at 18:12

It sounds like you are looking for something like Atom (https://atom.io/), which has a wordcount package (https://atom.io/packages/wordcount) that adds word and character counts to the status bar. Their web site has source and .deb downloads. Atom is MIT licensed.

To add the wordcount package to Atom, choose Edit Menu -> Preferences -> Install, select Packages, and search for wordcount. Click on its Install button, and as soon it's installed your word/character counts will show at the bottom right of each edit buffer.

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