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developer Tarot Osuji
Publishing year 2004
Current  version
(December 23, 2010)
operating system Unix-like
programming language C.
License GPL ( Free Software )

Leafpad (Engl. Leaf = sheet pad is = [write] block, backing) a free , minimalist text editor for Unix-like operating systems , which is characterized by a few dependencies on other software.

The software is very slim and achieves negligible start times on modern systems. It offers unlimited cancellation of editing steps , search and replace and a print function, recognizes the character encoding of texts automatically, supports drag and drop and can display line numbering.

Leafpad is programmed in C by Tarot Osuji and has a graphical user interface based on GTK + 2. It is distributed as free software under the terms of version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPL) .

Leafpad is the standard text editor of the LXDE desktop environment .


In 2004, Erik Harrison Mousepad , Xfce's default editor , split off to add support for printing. In the meantime, Mousepad has been completely rewritten by Nick Schermer (versions> 0.3) and, like Leafpad, has a print function. In version 11.10 (from October 2011) of Xubuntu, Mousepad was replaced by Leafpad, but it has returned to version 14.04 (April 2014).

Web links

Commons : Leafpad  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/ReleaseNotes/OneiricOcelot/Final