user friendly full screen text editor
  13 reviews

Joe, the Joe's Own Editor, has the feel of most PC text editors: the key sequences are reminiscent of WordStar and Turbo C editors, but the feature set is much larger than of those. Joe has all of the features a Unix user should expect: full use of termcap/terminfo, complete VI-style Unix integration, a powerful configuration file, and regular expression search system. It also has six help reference cards which are always available, and an intuitive, simple, and well thought-out user interface.

Joe has a great screen update optimization algorithm, multiple windows (through/between which you can scroll) and lacks the confusing notion of named buffers. It has command history, TAB expansion in file selection menus, undo and redo functions, (un)indenting and paragraph formatting, filtering highlighted blocks through any external Unix command, editing a pipe into or out of a command, and block move, copy, delete or filter.

Through simple QEdit-style configuration files, Joe can be set up to emulate editors such as Pico and Emacs, along with a complete imitation of WordStar, and a restricted mode version (lets you edit only the files specified on the command line). Joe also has a deferred screen update to handle typeahead, and it ensures that deferral is not bypassed by tty buffering. It's usable even at 2400 baud, and it will work on any kind of sane terminal.
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umina 2 years ago

Many times this editor has saved me from destruction.

lib2know 3 years ago


mh2o 4 years ago

Small and powerful. I love it.

unixpro 4 years ago

Best cli for 10+ years. Wordstar key-mappings, syntax highlighting, per file type preferences, auto-indent, macro recording, block editing, searching, copying, bookmarks, spell checker, shell exit, split windows, regex pattern matching, hex and decimal display. If you want more then you're simply greedy!

3gghead 4 years ago

If there is a better cli text editor, it'd have to offer a 'Joe-mode' since the key commands are too familiar. It's not something that can be solved with an alias (like 'ls' in a DOS env).

Surocap 5 years ago

I prefer VI

ali20 6 years ago

small command line editor

vmpsr 7 years ago

My favorite command line editor

ckristi 7 years ago

The first text editor for UN*X that I have learnt. Easier to use after you learn the basics.

MadN00B 7 years ago

small, light, configurable.

trollboy 7 years ago

Changed my score from 3 to 5 as I really like this. Now I have three choices for command line editing. vim, nano and joe

elabor 8 years ago

Am liebsten als Imitation von WordStar (jstar)

pben 9 years ago

I have the Wordstar cursor keys burned into my brain from Turbo Pascal o 15 years ago. What can I say Joe is a basic termanal text editor that has the key strokes I know by heart.