Install Kate Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Machine - Step by step guide ?

Kate is a powerful text editor that can open multiple files simultaneously with 200 languages. It comes with plugins that boasts the Kate editor functionality. The clean interface of Kate editor helps the developer to maximize their productivity.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Software Installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Kate editor on your Ubuntu 20.04.

Main features of Kate editor includes:

  • MDI, window splitting, window tabbing.
  • Spell checking.
  • CR, CRLF, LF newline support.
  • Encoding support (utf-8, utf-16, ascii etc.).
  • Encoding conversion.
  • Regular expression based find & replace.
  • Powerful syntax highlighting and bracket matching.
  • Code and text folding.
  • Infinite undo/redo support.
  • Block selection mode.
  • Auto indentation.
  • Auto completion support.
  • Shell integration.
  • Wide protocol support (http, ftp, ssh, webdav etc.) using kioslaves.
  • Plugin architecture for the application and editor component.
  • Customizable shortcuts.
  • Integrated command line.
  • Scriptable using JavaScript.

Steps to install Kate editor on Ubuntu Linux system

1. Perform System Update

To begin, update the system repositories with the below command:

$ sudo apt update

2. Install Kate editor on the system

Now, install Kate Editor with the below command:

$ sudo apt install kate

3. Confirm Kate Editor Installation

The Kate editor can be verified using both the command line and graphical user interface:

$ kate --version

Using the above command will show you the latest version in the CLI.

You can search via the graphical user interface for Kate editor.

How to Launch Kate Editor ?

You can launch Kate editor using both the graphical user interface and command line. 

Use the following command to open Kate editor:

$ kate

Also, you can search Kate Editor from the graphical start menu.

How to Uninstall Kate Editor From Ubuntu 20.04 ?

If somehow a user decides not to use the Kate editor anymore then the user can uninstall it easily using the following command:

$ sudo apt remove kate

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This article covers how to install Kate Editor on your Ubuntu machine without installing KDE. In fact, Kate is a multi-document, multi-view text editor by KDE. It features stuff like codefolding, syntaxhighlighting, dynamic word wrap, an embedded console, an extensive plugin interface and some preliminary scripting support.

How to Install kate on Ubuntu using snapd ?

1. Enable snapd

snapd can be installed from the command line:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install snapd

2. Install kate

To install kate, simply use the following command:

$ sudo snap install kate --classic

How To Uninstall kate on Ubuntu 21.04 ?

We can use the following command to remove kate configurations, data and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:

$ sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge kate

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