When comparing CodeLite vs Gnome Builder, the Slant community recommends CodeLite for most people. In the question“What are the best IDEs for C++ on Linux?” CodeLite is ranked 2nd while Gnome Builder is ranked 17th. The most important reason people chose CodeLite is:
CodeLite is [actively developed](http://downloads.codelite.org/) with activity almost daily on [Github](https://github.com/eranif/codelite/pulse).
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Pro Cross platform
Works on Windows, OS-X and Linux.
Pro Easy to find installed compilers
The search for the installed compilers is quick, and it usually yields useful results on the very first atempt.
Pro Open source and free
CodeLite is licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Modest memory footprint
CodeLite takes up about 50MB when loaded into memory with a workspace opened.
Pro A lot of useful plugins
CppCheck, DiffTool, Git, MemCheck (Valgrind support, Linux-only), SVN, and many other plugins extend the IDE functionality greatly!
Pro File Explorer-like workspace view
The workspace view, unlike other IDEs, is a reflection of the actual directory structure on the file system (with user filters applied).
Pro Lovely find and replace tool with great REGEX support
Shows a live feedback of what matches the pattern/criteria entered.
Pro Terminal built in
Fully featured terminal is packaged.
Pro Integrates nicely into the GNOME Desktop Environment
Client-side decorations, good use of widgets.
Pro Great language support (for linux based projects)
Pro Tiling Editor capability
Pro Supports versioning (git)
Shows diff indication and has branch integration too.
Pro Integrated system-wide profiler for improving software performance
Pro Integrated debugging
Pro Extendable through plugins
Good templates available to build applications, even to build gnome applications.
Con Bland UI
The UI is fairly boring and has limited customization options.
There is a dark theme available, however it only applies to the editor. The surrounding windows and borders remain light.
You can see a collection of screenshots here.
Con No project management
Because it is still in early development there are little project management functionalities.