An overview sidebar that provides a bird's eye view of open files in Geany.
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Overview Plugin for Geany

The Overview plugin is a small zoomed-out view next to the normal editor view that allows to see and navigate a lot of the file at once. It is similar to the Minimap in SublimeText or such similar feature in numerous other editors.


This screenshot shows with a light theme, the overview's overlay is inverted, and the regular scrollbar is not shown. The optional tooltip can be seen (partially cut-off) in the screenshot also. It shows the line, column and offset information of the location of the mouse cursor.

Overview plugin screenshot with light theme

This screenshot shows with a dark theme, the overview's overlay is not inverted, and the regular scrollbar is shown.

Overview plugin screenshot with dark theme

This screenshot shows the preferences dialog, with the options that can be configured, saved and restored. Helpful mouse-over tooltips are provided to give a quick explanation of each preference.

Overview plugin's preferences GUI

This screenshot shows the available keybindings which can be configured through Geany's Preferences dialog from the Edit->Preferences menu item.

Keybindings preferences

This screenshot shows how the Overview can be shown/hidden by using Geany's View menu.

Showing and Hiding from the main menu

Building and Installing

In order to build the Overview plugin you need:

  • Autotools and a GCC-like C99 compiler (ex. build-essential package on Debians)
  • GTK+ 2.24 or greater
  • Geany, including its development headers, built against GTK+ 2.X

Once you have all the dependencies, it's just a matter of running the following commands:

$ ./   # note 1
$ ./configure    # note 2
$ make
$ make install   # note 3

Note 1: Only run when source was checked-out through Git, not required or recommended if you're building from a source distribution.

Note 2: Use the --prefix option to change installation directories if desired. If your Geany installation is in an usual place, you'll probably have to use the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable so the build system finds the correct Geany build flags and paths.

Note 3: May require root permissions, depending on --prefix option to configure, with the default /usr/local requiring root permissions on most systems.

Using the Plugin

In order to use the plugin, you need to activate it through Geany's Plugin Manager dialog, accessible from the Tools->Plugin Manager menu item. Once activated the Overview sidebar view will appear to the right of the main editor view.

The configure the plugin, use Geany's Plugin Preferences dialog from the Edit->Plugin Preferences, and select the "Overview" tab. To configure keybindings for the plugin, for example to show/hide it, use Geany's Keybindings tab in the Preferences dialog from Edit->Preferences.

You can also hide and show the overview bar by using the View->Show Overlay menu item. If you find you no longer have a need for Geany's regular vertical editor scrollbar, you can disable it using the Overview preferences.

Using the plugin is simple. The Overview uses a really simple alogrithm that seems to work quite well. When you click on the overview, it jumps to the corresponding location in the main editor view and scrolls it into view. When you scroll on it, it actually just does the same thing, except it jumps to each location really quickly as the mouse moves, simulating a scrolling effect. If the scrolling behaviour feels a little weird at first, this is probably why.

Scrolling the main editor view causes the overview to update it's overlay to show which part of the file is visible in the main editor.