Last Updated on: 12th December 2023, 01:25 pm

Web site: kakoune.org
Category: Office
Subcategory: Text Editors
Platform: Linux, OS X, BSD
License: Public Domain
Interface: TUI
First release: 2012

Kakoune – a code editor that implements Vi’s “keystrokes as a text editing language” model. As it is also a modal editor, it is somewhat similar to the Vim editor (after which Kakoune was originally inspired).

Kakoune can operate in two modes: normal and insertion. In insertion mode, keys are directly inserted into the current buffer. In normal mode, keys are used to manipulate the current selection and to enter insertion mode.

Kakoune has a strong focus on interactivity. Most commands provide immediate and incremental results, while being competitive with Vim in terms of keystroke count.

Kakoune works on selections, which are oriented, inclusive ranges of characters. Selections have an anchor and a cursor. Most commands move both of them except when extending selections, where the anchor character stays fixed and the cursor moves around.

– Multiple selections as a central way of interacting
– Powerful selection manipulation primitives
– Powerful text manipulation primitives
– Client-Server architecture
– Simple interaction with external programs
– Automatic contextual help
– Automatic as you type completion
– Macros
– Hooks
– Syntax Highlighting

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