Making jEdit like IntelliJ

First download JDK 1.6 and use that to run jEdit. I also add this tweak to the command line:


Also, remove the -server option. No clue if that is gonna help at all in JDK 1.6, but things are blazing fast without it and I assume Swing likes it without.

Next, download these plugins:

  1. Buffer Tabs
  2. Project Viewer
  3. SideKick
  4. FastOpen
  5. Ruby (

Next, follow the ruby plugin directions to get that up and running. If you are using Java, I would assume that you can find lots of help with that out in the ether.

Also, dock the Project Viewer window on the left of the screen.

I turn on the BufferTabs by default and set them on the right.

Okay, now start binding keys. Here are mine thus far:

Plugin: Project Viewer

Command Key
Show Project Viewer Alt+1

Plugin: FastOpen

Command Key
Show Fast Open Window Ctrl+n

Built-in commands

Command Key
Close current docking area escape
Close Ctrl+F4
Find next F3
Go to line Ctrl+g
Global Options Ctrl+Alt+Shift+s
Join lines Ctrl+Shift+j

This is about all I have thus far, but it looks to be pretty good. I’ll add more as I think of new stuff.

One thought on “Making jEdit like IntelliJ

  1. The -server option tell’s jedit to not close the jvm when you close the app. This keeps it running in the system tray. It avoids the jvm startup costs for future invocations. Not as necessary these days, but years ago was a huge help.


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