How to install Brackets on Debian / Ubuntu and derivatives


Brackets is a code editor that we can get for our Gnu / Linux distribution for free. brackets It is created by the Adobe company although it is Free Software.

Brackets is not a code editor to use since it only allows edit web development related files, although files from programming languages ​​like C or Java can also be created with this editor, but it will not enjoy the same features as when we create php or javascript files.

Brackets supports plugins and add-ons that allow expanding its functions and tools but the most interesting thing is the live view it offers. This function allows us to see any web development that we are editing. It is one of the functions that I like the most about this editor and that makes me choose it before other code editors such as Atom or Sublime Text.

Brackets has a live view function that will help us develop our web project

The latest version of Brackets can be installed in our Debian-based distribution, for this we just have to go to the official website and download the deb package corresponding to our platform. But in some distributions like Ubuntu, this installation method can be troublesome as Brackets needs the libgcrypt11 library and Ubuntu doesn't have it in its most recent versions.

To solve this problem, we either install the library independently or we use a standard repository that solves this problem. I personally opt for the latter and for the webupd8 repository, a repository that meets all our requirements. So we open a terminal and write the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt update
sudo apt install brackets

With this, the Brackets editor will be installed and after several minutes of installation we will have it ready to use and to create our web applications, isn't it?

UPDATED: Adobe stopped developing Brackets after an agreement with Microsoft on September 1, 2021, and since then there is no updated version for Linux. Yes we can install what is explained here (v1.13), the package Snap (v1.11) and the Flatpak (v1.14.1). More information, here!.

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  1.   Angeluz said

    Excellent brother, I got an idea from the sublime by the buy message and I have used atom until now but I am excited about the idea of ​​working again with a tool like dreamweaver

  2.   iñaki said

    I've been developing on Ubuntu for a relatively short time. I currently use eclipse. But what I really miss are the dreamweaver templates, that by updating a link in a menu, this is updated in all the files that use that template. Is there something similar in brackets or any other ide or editor?

  3.   ice said

    mmm I left a more complete tutorial on my blog, in case you are interested, without adding the ppa. If you are interested, let them know xD

    1.    jesus said

      but share your blog, it would be very helpful, I am particularly looking for an editor that handles Java packages or is tied to the jdk 8 or openJDK JRE.


  4.   Javier García said

    Curious open source application (not open source) that needs an obsolete encryption library, there is a more current one, libgcrypt1.

  5.   jose said

    I could not find the package ...