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Install Geany 1.22 on Ubuntu 12.04

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Update 2013-04-11: I recently started to have `partial upgrade’ issues with this ppa (it seems like the plugins did not build for 64bit machines). This caused update issues with other, more important parts of Ubuntu. As a result, I removed geany, geany-plugins and the ppa. I would carefully investigate before using the ppa.

In a previous post I installed Geany from the repository. A new version is available with plugins — I will install using the details described here and here for the plugins (and color schemes, if desired).

Note: I removed the repository version of Geany before the install — you only need to do this is you have already installed an earlier Geany version. The remove command with apt-get is (this removes the application while preserving the configuration files)

sudo apt-get remove geany

The following commands will add the ppa and install Geany along with the plugins:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geany-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geany geany-plugins

Written by Chris S

November 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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  1. […] do much of my coding in Geany irrespective of the language. However, the rstudio IDE/GUI is nice and available on all major […]

    • Hi I have installed geany 1.22 as given above.But in the code writing part there is vertical line being shown which is very annoying. I have installed geany in Ubuntu 12.04. Kndly help me. Thanks in advance.

      Ajith T Vijayan

      March 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

      • Hi Ajith,

        The line is to keep track of line length — I like this. If you want to turn it off you can change your preferences. Do this by going to:

        1) Edit -> Preferences

        This should bring up a window with many tabs.

        2) Select ‘Editor’ along the left tabs (third from top)

        3) Select ‘Display’ from the four tabs at the top.
        4) On this page you should see a section called ‘Long line marker’
        5) Click the box below this, removing the check, and click ‘Apply’

        The line should be gone.


        Chris S

        March 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  2. I love Geany but I did a brand new installation on a brand new hard disk today and when I copy and paste just a couple of lines of R code, it fails to paste to terminal and code does not get executed. Any idea why?



    July 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    • Hi Marco,

      I’m not sure why pasting to the terminal doesn’t work, it should. Just in case — are you using ‘shift-control-v’ to paste? Using just ‘control-v’ to paste *does not* work with the default terminal.

      Also, if you are spending lots of time with R you might consider using rstudio — it is a nice IDE for R and is available for Ubuntu, Mac and Win. In particular, it will allow you to select and execute parts of the text file you are editing with simple commands.


      Chris S

      July 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      • Hello Chris, for copying I select the lines and for pasting then I do CTRL-4, which is what I have defined in my keybindings of Geany as key to send commands to terminal. I had to install Rstudio while unable to use Geany to selectively compile code, but i like geany much more than Rstudio. I think I will post a new mail to geany email usergroup to notify about this problem. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on 64bit multicore AMD machine.

        Thank you very much for your reply,


        July 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

      • Hi Marco,

        Contacting the Geany usergroup sounds like the way to go. I hope someone there can help you with the issue.


        Chris S

        July 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  3. Just to share the good news, for those like me that are stuck in Ubuntu 10 for some weird reason…
    Chow Loong Jin had just released Geany v.1.24 .deb packages for Lucid šŸ™‚
    Check it out at

    Fabio Pasini

    August 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  4. Thanks for your nice post. I have configure it in Ubuntu 14.04

    I have written a post about this. This may help other users. Start your first program in Linux using a nice IDE Geany | Ubuntu 14.04

    Mashpy Says

    October 27, 2014 at 6:20 am

    • Your post looks nice– readers should check it out if they are trying to install Geany on Ubuntu 14.04.

      Chris S

      October 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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