How To Install Geany on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS


In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Geany on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Geany is a powerful, stable, and lightweight programmer’s text editor that provides tons of useful features without bogging down your workflow. It’s a cross-platform application available on Linux, Microsoft Windows, BSD, Solaris, and macOS. It should run on every platform, which is supported by the GTK libraries.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Geany IDE text editor on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Geany on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Geany on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Geany from Ubuntu apt repository

By default, Geany is available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the Geany to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install geany
  • Install Geany using Snap.

If the Snapd package manager is not already installed then you can install it by running the following command below:

sudo apt install snapd

To install Geany, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install geany-gtk --edge

Step 3. Accessing Geany User Interface on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, now run the following path on your desktop to open the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> Geany or just type the command geany on shell prompt.

Install Geany on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Geany. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Geany IDE on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Geany website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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