When comparing Geany vs CodeLite, the Slant community recommends CodeLite for most people. In the question“What are the best IDEs for C++ on Linux?” CodeLite is ranked 3rd while Geany is ranked 8th. 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).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Light and fast
Geany is very lightweight thanks to the smaller offering of features.
Pro Built-in plugin manager
Geany has a built-in plugin manager which can be used to install plugins and add new powerful features to the editor.
Pro Simple project management
Pro Cross platform
Geany is a cross platform editor, very similar to Notepad++ in Windows.
Pro Build in terminal
Press F5 and code will run without the need to switch between windows.
Pro Actively developed Open Source
Which usually means it will remain free of charge.
Pro Quick search on large files
In Geany you technically search once for a whole search query, unlike Gedit, where once you start typing, the file is searched for in accordance with each substring of what you're typing, all the while leading to terribly annoying lag.
It is a real app and not another frankenstein web/electron app.
Pro Options in the menu are easy to find
For example, there is an easy way to change the font and theme in the View menu. No need to search through several syntax styles like in Notepad++ just to be able to change the used font.
Pro Real syntax parsing (not just coloring)
Hence it is capable of showing the methods and inner classes of, e.g., a Java source file.
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 Cross platform
Works on Windows, OS-X and Linux.
Pro Modest memory footprint
CodeLite takes up about 50MB when loaded into memory with a workspace opened.
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 A lot of useful plugins
CppCheck, DiffTool, Git, MemCheck (Valgrind support, Linux-only), SVN, and many other plugins extend the IDE functionality greatly!
Con Not very advanced
Similar to Notepad or Gedit.
Con Not many third-party plugins
Geany is not as popular as some other text editors with plugin support. As such it's understandable that it's missing lots of powerful plugins available in other editors.
Con Windows installer not digitally signed
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.