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Minimalist text editor with vim-compatible key bindings.

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  • Simple and consistent terminal-based UI for distraction-free coding.
  • Efficient editing with over 100 vim commands.
  • Intuitive and flexible configuration, per language and project.
  • Seamless integration with CLI tools (bash, tmux, git, code formatters, compilers, and anything else you use).

Aretext key bindings are compatible with vim's normal, insert, and visual modes. See Command Reference for details.

Getting Started

Project Status: Stable and Actively Maintained

As of the 1.0 release, I've implemented every feature I wanted in a text editor! I will continue actively maintaining the project, prioritizing stability and performance improvements over new functionality.


Contributions are welcome! Please read the Contribution Guidelines to get started.


See DEVELOPING for steps to build, test, and debug aretext.

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Copyright and License

Copyright (C) the aretext authors

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.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see