Remote File Editor in Linux Using jEdit

In Windows, we can use UltraEdit or EditPlus to edit file remotely using FTP or (S)FTP protocol. To find the same applications in Linux is not easy. But there's one application we can use in Linux to edit file remotely. We can use jEdit.


jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. Written in Java, so it runs on Mac OS X, OS/2, Unix, VMS and Windows.

Installation in Ubuntu

Note : Java 2 version 1.5 or later is recommended for all versions of jEdit.
Before installing jEdit, make sure you have a compatible Java virtual machine.

For Debian users, we can download the latest jEdit package here.

Extract it :

[email protected]:~$ sudo dpkg -i /home/k4tz/Desktop/jedit_4.3pre13_all.deb

And run :

[email protected]:~$ jedit
Warning: $JAVA_HOME environment variable not set! Consider setting it.
          Attempting to locate java...
Found a virtual machine at: /usr/bin/java...

jEdit                                                                   jEdit Main Page

Install FTP Plugin for jEdit

The FTP plugin adds the ability to browse directories and edit files on (S)FTP servers. To connect and edit file remotely using FTP or (S)FTP we must install FTP Plugins first. And we can do that easily using :

Plugins --- Plugins Manager --- Install menu

In few minutes our jEdit have the ability to edit file remotely. Start edit your file remotely using:

Plugins --- FTP ---  Open from FTP Server

or  if we use (S)FTP Server

Plugins --- FTP ---  Open from  Secure FTP Server


                                                          jEdit--install FTP plugins


                                                jEdit -- connect FTP server