Tea: An Ultimate Text Editor Cum Word Processor for Linux

A text editor is an application program which is used for editing plain text files, configuration files and source codes of programming languages. A word processor on the other hand performs word processing which includes composition, editing, formatting of written data. ‘Tea’, an application which is the combination of a text editor and a word processor.

Tea Editor for Linux
Tea Editor for Linux

In this post we will be discussing its features, usages, installation in detail and will be testing it as in the end.

What is Tea Editor?

Tea is an Open Source Application Software written C++ programming language and the GUI is developed in QT. Which works as Text Editor and Word Processor with several unique features, for Linux and Windows platform.

Features of Tea editor

  1. Small and Light weight in size.
  2. Embedded file manager similar to Midnight Commander.
  3. Capable of checking spelling mistakes.
  4. Syntax highlighter for various programming languages including – PHP, HTML, Java, c, c++, Perl, Python, etc.
  5. Hot key customization form personalization, point of view.
  6. Facility of Bookmarking.
  7. Availability of Calendar and Organizer.
  8. Drag-and-Drop supported for files and images.
  9. Inbuilt Image converter and resizer.
  10. Inbuilt zip/unzip.
  11. Support for viewing various kind of Images (PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, etc.)
  12. Tea text editor is branched into Qt-based and GTK-based (previously).

Tea-Qt is dependent upon Qt 4.4+ or Qt 5. Aspell and/or Hunspell are optional. The GTK based older branch depends upon GTK+. It is recommended to continue with the current development Tea-Qt.

Installing Tea Editor in Linux

The source code and packages of Tea editor can be downloaded from the link below, as per the distro and system Architecture.

  1. http://tea-editor.sourceforge.net/downloads.html

On Debian Wheezy, I’ve added following repo to my ‘/etc/apt/sources.list‘ file and installed the source code (for Debian) from the link above, and everything went smooth.

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian sid main
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tea-data

Under Ubuntu/Linux Mint systems, you can install ‘tea editor’ using ‘Universe repository‘. Make sure that ‘universe‘ is included in ‘/etc/apt/sources.list‘ file.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tea

Everything went smooth and the application gets installed without a single glitch.

Text Editor Screenshots

1. The First Impression.

Tea Editor Look
Tea Editor Look

2. Mid Night commander Like File Browser.

Editor File Browser
Editor File Browser

3. An open Configuration File.

File Preview
File Preview

4. Syntax Marker/highlighter, in action.

Syntax Marker
Syntax Marker

5. Calendar/ Organizer.


6. Font Gallery.

Font Gallery
Font Gallery

7. Bookmark

Other Notable Features
  1. Recent File Logs
  2. Session Based
  3. Tab Based
  4. Print Directly
  5. Indent/Un-Indent
  6. Comment Section
  7. Formatting (Align, Bold, Underline, Paragraph, color,…)
  8. Search/Replace
  9. A Long List of Supported Functions
  10. Online Help from User Group.


Tea editor is an application which performs the functioning of several Application. It seems very robust and has a promising future. The editor is well suited for Newbies, System Administrator as well as Developer. Those using a whole lot of text editors and word processor need to give it a try.

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  1. I like TEA Editor a lot, the show-stopper for me is that it doesn’t do a word count. So I need to use two different editors; one with word count and I code with TEA. Otherwise, TEA would be the only editor I use.

  2. Do you know how to change a font and/or font size in the Tea Editor? I can make a change using the dialog, but it doesn’t actually change the font.

    Thanks if you know.


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