When comparing Gedit vs CodeLite IDE, the Slant community recommends Gedit for most people. In the question“What are the best programming text editors for a Mac with a GUI?” Gedit is ranked 16th while CodeLite IDE is ranked 20th. The most important reason people chose Gedit is:
There are tons of [plugins](https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/Apps/Gedit/PluginsLists?action=show&redirect=Gedit%2FPlugins) for productivity available in many different workflows, such as a dictation plugin, an encryption add-on, a whitespace remover, and more.
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Pro Plugins allow for added functionality and customization
There are tons of plugins for productivity available in many different workflows, such as a dictation plugin, an encryption add-on, a whitespace remover, and more.
Pro Great UI
The UI is lean and minimal. Everything feels quite fast and it is easy to add custom shortcuts for doing things like compiling, deploying, or testing.
Pro Available on all systems that use Gnome
Gedit is the official text editor for Gnome and it's available wherever any version of Gnome is installed. With thousands of people using it daily and not even realizing it.
Pro Modest memory footprint
CodeLite takes up about 50 MB when loaded into memory with a workspace opened.
Pro Open source and free
CodeLite is licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Extensive plugin support
Git, SFTP, Subversion, and many more plugins are fully supported in CodeLite IDE.
Pro Workspace view reminiscent of File Explorer
The workspace view, unlike other IDEs, is a reflection of the actual directory structure on the file system (with user filters applied).
Pro Excellent Node.js debugger
This makes fixing issues more efficiently and debugging code less painful.
Pro Intelligent code completion
Con Not a lot of features
Gedit is a text editor. Though it's simple and fast, it misses a lot of features, most notably auto-complete for several languages.
Con Confusing interface
For example, finding anything in the settings menu is hard. Most other text editors use Edit->Preferences for managing settings but this is not the case for Gedit.
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.