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Zen Coding for Gedit

Zen Coding is a plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions - similar to CSS selectors - into HTML code.

This plugin integrates Zen Coding into Gedit.


Zen Coding is a swiss army knife for common CSS and XHTML tasks. Read this for details. Note that almost every action highly depends on current caret position inside text editor.

With this plugin, you can:

  • Expand abbreviation with Ctrl+E
  • Expand abbreviation as you type with Ctrl+Alt+E
  • Wrap with abbreviation with Ctrl+Shift+E
  • Balance tag inward or outward with Ctrl+Alt+I or Ctrl+Alt+O
  • Merge lines with Ctrl+Alt+M
  • Go to previous or next edit point with Alt+Left and Alt+Right
  • Remove tag with Ctrl+Alt+R
  • Split or join tags with Ctrl+Alt+J
  • Toggle comment with Ctrl+Alt+C

Shortcuts can be changed in zencoding/ to fit your needs.


  1. Download zip or tar source and unpack it.
  2. Move zencoding.gedit-plugin and the zencoding folder into ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins/
  3. In Gedit, go to Edit → Preferences → Plugins to enable the plugin.
  4. Try it out using the shortcut keys listed above.