Leafpad is the default text editor for the LXDE Desktop environment designed to be lightweight and simple. Although I like this design choice, there are some additional features available in other text editors (ex: Notepad++ for Windows) that indeed improve productivity:
in order of importance

  • *spell checker
  • *macro: simple rec/play keystrokes
  • *info bar: total characters/lines and current position
  • bracket matching
  • multi-tab
  • auto-completion
  • syntax highlighting
  • code folding

(*) indispensable

Is there another text editor for Linux still lightweight and simple to use but with the aforementioned features (specially the indispensable ones)?

Follow up

Mousepad Editor

Following some advices, I've just installed mousepad and it seems that it has only benefits compared to leafpad:

  • very easy installation (just apt install mousepad)
  • lightweight: no need to bloat the lxde install with gnome/kde dependencies
  • simple, easy and fast
  • built-in (no need to install plugins): status bar, bracket matching, multi-tab, syntax highlighting

However, it doesn't solve completely the original issue since there are still some missing features:

  • *spell checker
  • *keystrokes macro
  • auto-completion
  • code folding

Operating System

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    (G)Vim fits most of those. – muru Aug 9 '18 at 8:14
  • @muru Mind to mention which one it doesn't fit? – Mark Messa Aug 9 '18 at 8:16
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    Most people wouldn't call Vim "simple to use." :) – muru Aug 9 '18 at 8:20
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    This question can't be answered by anything other than personal opinion depending on what one's view of "simple" is. I, for example, would be totally lost with any other editor than Vi, or with an editor with multiple tabs (I wouldn't use them) or some form of GUI front end. – Kusalananda Aug 9 '18 at 8:54
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    simple-to-use is subjective when it comes to text editors; and the way that many people label things as "lightweight" is often at large variance from reality. – JdeBP Aug 9 '18 at 11:28

I'm using Notepadqq for Ubuntu as an alternative to Notepad++ of Windows. It gave me the equal result.

you can try the same with Debian.

Check this for Debian Installation

  • Just watched some videos about it. Seem to be the way to go. If it were available via apt install would have installed right now. Since this is not the case, gonna take a while to learn how to compile it. BTW, any idea why it is not available at Debian repo? – Mark Messa Aug 9 '18 at 9:14

You can use the Geany IDE as text editor it is simple and easy for use and available from debian repository.

You can get the desired functionalities by installing the meta-package geany-plugins.

apt install geany geany-plugins
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    I'm still reading about Geany but, so far, it seems to have all the features I've aforementioned. However, it also seems to have a lot more: project management, embedded terminal emulator, basic IDE (compile and execute), etc. Therefore, I'm somehow apprehensive whether it is simple to use it just as a plaintext editor and whether it is really low resource consumption (run on old notebooks). – Mark Messa Aug 9 '18 at 19:51

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