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Align columns - Gedit plugin

This is a Gedit plugin for align text blocks into columns separated by pipe ( | ).

It is included in the Gmate package, a set of plugins and improvements to make Gedit a powerfull programmer text editor.


Let's say you're using Cucumber (or some Cucumber like) to write the functional tests of your project and you are using Scenario Outline with Examples on your features.

Write the examples are boring if you manually align the example columns, because you should put the spaces and when you edit or write new examples, the spaces may change. Sometimes the columns become a mess like this:

| name  | email|phone|
| Hugo Maia Vieira | |(22) 2727-2727|
| Gabriel L. Oliveira | |(22) 2525-2525            |
| Rodrigo Manhães | |      (22) 2626-2626|

Whit this plugin you just need to select the examples text block, press Shift+Alt+a and the result should be:

| name                | email                    | phone          |
| Hugo Maia Vieira    | | (22) 2727-2727 |
| Gabriel L. Oliveira |       | (22) 2525-2525 |
| Rodrigo Manhães     |       | (22) 2626-2626 |

You should select the entirely block from the first to the last |. If you write or select lines with different number of columns, a warning dialog will shows up.


Download the file gedit-align-columns-version.tar.gz and extract the package into the ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins directory, or - for a system-wide deployment

  • into /usr/lib/gedit-2/plugins (the path may be different, depending on your distribution).

Then activate and configure the plugin through Edit -> Preferences -> Plugins.


It proved helpful for development to check out the git-repository to your favorite location and create symlinks in your personal plugins directory to the necessary files and directories. There is a make target, that accomplishes this:

$ make install-dev


Copyright (c) 2011 Hugo Henriques Maia Vieira

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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