Advanced Search and Replace with the Kate Text Editor

Advanced Search and Replace with the Kate Text Editor

by Carla Schroder

The powerhouse Kate text editor has advanced search-and-replace, including support for escape sequences and regular expressions, so you can make complex corrections without leaving your document.

The Kate text editor is my favorite and has been my main workhorse for years. Kate has a lot of great features and is friendly to both touch-typing and pointy-clicky. It doesn’t quite have the eleventy-million features of Vim or Emacs, but then you don’t need the dexterity of a concert pianist to use it, either. I think it is the most user-friendly of the powerhouse text editors. Some of its noteworthy features are:

  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts
  • Zoom view (My dear friends with perfect vision, please think of us who are not so fortunate)
  • File > Open With, to open your document in any app you desire
  • Bookmarks
  • Sessions
  • Word count
  • Integrated terminal
  • Excellent syntax highlighting
  • Plugins
  • Tabs
  • Projects
  • Code folding
  • Split views
  • Snippets, which is a multi-item clipboard