When comparing Geany vs IntelliJ Rust, the Slant community recommends IntelliJ Rust for most people. In the question“What are the best editors/IDEs for Rust?” IntelliJ Rust is ranked 2nd while Geany is ranked 5th.
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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 A fully featured IDE
Pro Constantly being updated
Pro Full power of IDEA engine
This plugin uses big part of Intellij IDEA features, including advanced code analysis and refactoring.
Pro Free/Libre (MIT)
Pro Many users
Has more users than the average plugin.
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 Debugger requires CLion
Debugger still won't work without IDE that includes native debugger support. The only known is proprietary and paid CLion.
Con From the website: "work-in-progress, expect bugs and missing features"
Con Does not parse macros correctly.
It seems that autocomplete does not for macros at all. You can say goodbye to the latest Tokio versions.