Quick Start Guide
If you want to get started with jEdit quickly and take advantage of its advanced features, this page is the right place to look.
Step 1 -- Get a Java runtime
To use jEdit 4.4, you need to have Java version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or newer. If you only have Java 1.5 (aka Java 5) available on your machine, you can use jEdit 4.3.compatibility page details some common Java runtime versions that people use to run jEdit, and compatibility notes for them.
Step 2 -- Download jEdit
jEdit can be downloaded from the download page.
Step 3 -- Get some plugins
jEdit by itself is just a text editor; plugins can turn it into a powerful IDE. You can install as few or as many plugins as you want.
jEdit makes plugin installation a painless process; you invoke the Plugin Manager command from the editor's Plugins menu, click Install Plugins, and a list of plugins will be obtained for you; you can then select plugins to download and install.
There are more than 150 plugins listed on Plugin Central; this list can be somewhat daunting. Here is a short list of some plugins you might want to try:
Step 4 -- jEdit documentation
jEdit includes detailed online help. You can also find a PDF version of the user's guide (suitable for printing) at the download page.
Step 5 -- Get involved with the community!
If you want to be notified of jEdit development progress, or if you want to ask a question, or if you want to discuss topics relating to jEdit, subscribe to the mailing lists found at the feedback page. A link to the jEdit bug tracker can be found on the same page as well.
The jEdit community site also provides a great wealth of information for jEdit users; you can find user-contributed macros here, along with jEdit-related news, message boards, various downloads and links, and much, much more.
Finally, if you want to chat with other jEdit users, install the IRC plugin for jEdit! This allows you to start a chat session inside the editor.
jEdit is Open Source software, so anyone is welcome to join the development team. If you want to contribute, take a look at the development page for details.
A note about jEdit performance
Having a lot of plugins installed slows down jEdit startup. JythonInterpreter and JavaInsight are the worst offenders, together adding about 7 seconds to the jEdit startup time. jEdit 4.2 adds a new plugin API that makes the task of writing a quick-loading plugin much easier.
We hope you enjoy using jEdit!